The Language of Art Part 8 – Abstraction

The Language of Art Part 8 – Abstraction

What Is Abstraction? Traditionally, abstraction is defined as a representation that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a reality, a representation for which the referent is known to the artist but not to the audience (see my essay titled...

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The Language of Art Part 6 – Branching Out

The Language of Art Part 6 – Branching Out

Modernism and Abstraction: New Branches In The Language Of Art. Dialects If we metaphorically compare major languages to tree trunks and secondary languages to tree branches, languages ‘branch out.’ This means that languages depart from the trunk and form branches.  A form...

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The Language of Art Part 5 – Mythology

The Language of Art Part 5 – Mythology

Introduction In the first essay in this series, I presented several situations in which a lack of knowledge of the artist’s referent led to an erroneous understanding of the work.  In this fifth essay, I want to mention additional examples of misunderstandings. ...

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The Language Of Art Part 4 –  The Referent

The Language Of Art Part 4 – The Referent

We need words to make things real. When something is given a specific name, it becomes tangible, identifiable, and unique Alain Briot Introduction In my first essay in this series, I introduced the concept of the referent.  I talked about what it...

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The Language of Art Part 3 – The Lexicon

The Language of Art Part 3 – The Lexicon

Introduction In all languages, the lexicon comprises grammar and vocabulary. What differs between languages are the elements of the grammar and vocabulary used by each specific language. Regarding the language of art, the grammar and the vocabulary are visual and verbal.  This...

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The Language of Art Part 2 – Languages

The Language of Art Part 2 – Languages

  Languages It is tempting to think of languages as being only verbal languages and of the differences between verbal languages as being the different nationalities of languages.  This is inaccurate.  Languages are not just verbal. They are also visual, auditory, olfactory,...

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The Language Of Art – Part 1

The Language Of Art – Part 1

Introduction A large number of photographers and art aficionados believe that art can mean anything the viewer wants.  They believe that art can be interpreted in a multitude of ways and that deciding what a specific work of art means is entirely...

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Photographic Flexibility

Photographic Flexibility

My Current Approach To Landscape Photography Artists do not discriminate art on the basis of the tools used to create the work. Alain Briot It used to be that I would take hours to get to a location, set up my gear...

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