Minimalism

I have titled this series ‘Minimalism’ simply because it was the work of the minimalist artists that triggered the initial thinking behind the selection.

Minimalism was a term that came into use in 1960’s New York.  It was applied initially to sculptures in which a simple, unadorned unit became an essential, and often repeated, feature of the artwork  Frequently individual components were made from prefabricated materials (as in Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII, formed from an arrangement of firebricks  — a work that caused a great deal of controversy when it w  as first exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1976).

Minimalists rejected the use of conventional aesthetic appeal or attempts to communicate with the ‘inner self’.  They preferred austere, ‘bare bones’ pieces.  Even so, their use of colour often reflects  a link with the works of Abstract Expressionists such as Barnett Newman.

The images in this series attempt to express some of these basic ideas and conventions in two dimensional form.

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Filed under Abstract photos, Art, Colour, harmony, Minimalist, Pattern, photography, shapes, Uncategorized

3 responses to “Minimalism

  1. This feels hot and cool at the same time – an interesting phenomenon. Well done. 🙂 Carl Andre taught at the art school I went to in NYC back in the early 1970’s – but he hardly ever showed up for class, unfortunately. It was a great time to be studying art in New York.

    • Thanks Lynn. That’s an interesting interpretation.
      New York must have been an exciting place to be during the mid 20th century. But perhaps you were too close in time to fully appreciate what was happening.

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