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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.
‘We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.’ Beaumont Newhall
I pass through my garden gate several times each day. In fact, we’ve been passing acquaintances for many years! But this morning I did something I had not done before. I felt it was time I got to know my gate better and so I stopped and, I suppose, really looked at the gate for the first time. Despite its age it is in excellent shape with attractive curves, even though its joints are rusty and its skin needs more than a touch of conditioner. Clearly I have been neglectful and have not given the gate the tlc it deserves.
Nevertheless, to celebrate the occasion I took a series of photographs and will be sharing them with you today and tomorrow.
As moths are attracted to a lamp in the evening, so photographers are often attracted to lichen. Why, then, another lichen photo? Simply because I like it – and I offer no apology! I am fascinated by the shapes, the colours, the mosaic-like natural patterning, the textures etc. It is just a very pleasing subject.