Sunday, March 21, 2010

What is Pure Abstraction

7:30 pm, sunday evening, Jyoti, Anant and Gagan, 3 artist in residence at the Mezzanine flr of the Art Cafe in Arts I, Religare.

we are discussing Abstraction... few significant words come through...

sustainability of abstraction over a long period vs spurt of works during a short time

accidental flow vs controlled balance work

accidental abstraction vs when there is balance there is no abstraction, only an image

figure vs Image in Abstraction...

What is holy Now... Lond on...
The unfamiliarity and hostility of physical objects

Objects should not touch because they are not alive. You use them, put them back in place, you live among them. They are useful nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being in contact with them as though they were living beasts.

—1959 edition, p 19, (Novel) La Nausée by Jean-Paul Sartre

Sartre's physical condition deteriorated, partially because of the merciless pace of work (and using drugs for this reason, e.g. amphetamine)

Amphetamine (amfetamine (INN)) is a psychostimulant drug that is known to produce increased wakefulness and focus in association with decreased fatigue and appetite.

Mis / Re Interpretation


Hallucination in the pathological/psychological sense of "seeing or hearing something which is not there" is first recorded 1646

1604, "deceive," from L. alucinatus, later hallucinatus, pp. of alucinari "wander (in the mind), dream," probably from Gk. alyein, Attic halyein "be distraught," probably related to alasthai "wander about."


Psychology. a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion), that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality.

aberration, fantasy, chimera. illusion, hallucination, delusion refer to false perceptions or ideas.

aberration is a disorder or abnormal alteration in one's mental state. An illusion is a false mental image produced by misinterpretation of things that actually exist: A mirage is an illusion produced by reflection of light against the sky. A hallucination is a perception of a thing or quality that has no physical counterpart: Under the influence of LSD, Terry had hallucinations that the living-room floor was rippling. A delusion is a persistent false belief: A paranoiac has delusions of persecution.


Psychology - The modification of unconscious impulses into forms acceptable by conscious or dreaming perception.


1561, originally a noun, from M.Fr. crotesque, from It. grottesco, lit. "of a cave," from grotta (see grotto). Used first of paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins (It. pittura grottesca).

A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations

odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.