Finding Beauty in Abstract Art

Within this gallery I have decided to explore the idea of  beauty and look further into the pieces of art that have challenged my immediate reactions. I am seeking to answer the following question; is beauty a subjective topic or one that can be defined by a "golden ratio", comparison or first impression? Within this question lies a much deeper one and that is "does beauty define art?" Sometimes when you look at a piece it is quite obvious that you are looking at art like starry Night by Van Gogh or the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, but why? Why do we see those pieces and associate them with "art". In the pieces in this exhibition we will explore abstract art and how we find beauty in them.

"Neither" jumped out at me because of the apparent blandness. This is an instillation piece and it is described as a white cube that is totally separated from the outside. This piece is exploring the contexts of the darkness of the world around and breaking those down to a feeling of isolation portrayed through the metal fencing. The artist refers to guerrilla warfare and the holocaust when talking about this piece, I would have never connected this piece with either of those things but I believe this is where we can find much of the beauty in abstract art, their explanations and thought processes.
This photograph represents people whom we would normally turn our eyes from. I think that abstraction can be represented in the human race as well because not everyone has the same features but I do believe there is a beauty within everyone. My question arises again; what is beauty and can we define it?
"Plaid Houses" visits the area of our lives that we spend much of our time in and that is our homes and societies. This piece creates in my mind the curiosity of our compliance to the world and its rules. for example, how many of us have houses that are tan and have the same layout as the one next door. Clearly "Plaid Houses" is thinking outside the box and using humor to explore the ideas of our culture.
This piece is portraying an advertisement that is deciphering how in little time our desires can bypass our thoughts. It is unclear to me why, if it is an advertisement, it is so ambiguous. I believe that is why this piece would fall under the category of abstract art.
"Copo d'agua" is a very minimalistic piece of art, only showing what appears to be a glass cup filled with water. Though the subject matter is very clear, I am more so curious as to why this is significant. I think this piece contributes well to the whole of abstraction because something that wouldn't normally be gaucked at because of its beauty has been recreated for a very specific purpose.
I thought this was intriguing because the artist discusses that he is interested in the actual relationship between his thoughts and the preconceived notions about the piece and the actual outcome of the work. This piece requires emersion into the art in order for the viewer to experience it in full.
Saving the most confusing piece for last, I find myself very perplexed by this. Not only do I not understand the crude caption but I haven't received any context for why I should call this piece of art beautiful or perhaps even why I should call this art. The artist is reported to have said that this image is a contemplation of time, which "we have no control over the little time we have to accomplish good things". This piece is so different from the others in the exhibit because of its blatancy. The other pieces, though making political statements, are doing it in more delicate forms. Although this is clearly seeking to make a point and not afraid to do so it is unclear as to what exactly the piece is articulating.
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