An Adventure into the Imagination

Abstract art allows the artist and the viewer to explore the relationships of forms and colors. Abstract art is a very different concept than the more traditional art that was meant to represent the world in recognizable images. In abstract art, the artist throws the viewer into an unknown world and immerses them into a reality that is impossible to understand. For most people, the first question asked when looking at piece of art is “What is this about?” In abstraction, it is not what the painting is about, but how the colors or shapes of a particular piece of work makes you feel. While one person may feel a sense of peace from grey lines within a piece of art, another person might feel a sense of despair and desperation. Abstraction tugs at your inner imagination, pulling you deeper and deeper into the painting until it begins to convey a mood or state of mind that becomes imbedded within your own soul.


Abstract art is a radical approach that submerges itself in creativity and intensity. What captivated my attention with abstraction is that each piece allows the artist to express their self and permits the viewer to take a trip into the world of imagination where they can escape an unsophisticated and narrow-minded way of life. Early artists, like Christian Rohlfs and her piece Abstraction (the blue mountain), have paved the way for later artists like Hedda Sterne, who created a very unique piece called New York NO 1. The masterpieces created by these two artists are rich in meaning and context, but invisible to the viewer who is unable to allow their imagination to run wild.

A master piece full of intensity and creativity New York No. 1 hurls you into an unknown world. The dark lines toward the center of the piece seem to almost take the shape of a bridge or the rails of track where you twist and turn your way into the entrance of a city. Below the bridge and off to the right a white space surrounded by grays and blues seems to represent the life of the city below. Below the bridge and too the right it becomes darker as if being led into the dark underworld of the city. When I take into concept the time period in which this master piece was created my imagination begins to think of a city with a diverse population still seeking its own identity. The 1950’s were also a time of mobsters and violence. To me the symbolic cross portrayed to the top right of this master piece stands as symbol of a city in need of a savior. Behind the cross you can see a hint of the skyline but almost covered by what seems to thick fog or haze. This leads me to believe the work of art depicts an industrial city in the early morning hours when the haze would be at its thickest. 
To me this work of art stands true to its name. As you look at the piece the reds, oranges, and yellows create a burning desire that almost seems to engulf your inner sole. The cool blue within the raging red is the only thing that keeps this master piece from forcing my own state of mind into a full blown rage. At the top of the piece where the yellow meets the red a mystic creature known as the phoenix begins to take shape. At bottom of this work of art the colors are dark purples mixed within a black background. With my background in mythology this masterpiece is portraying the rebirth of the phoenix from it's very own ashes and its attempt to cool the burning desire to release the full strength and power of its own inner being. 
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