09
Jul
12

abstract: reflections of light from the lid of a pot on the stove

that is the reality. that is what i am telling you. of course, you may make your decisions regarding the veracity of the statement based on your own experience with the light reflected on a flat surface from the glass lid of a pot of water boiling on your stove. who am i to tell you any differently?

i’ve been reading about the emotions of pets and it got me to thinking about abstract art and the idea of removing language from the description of how an object makes you feel. that object may be a line, a color, a form that has no relationship with your language experience other than your ability to define it as a line, a color, a form. but what happens when the combination of those ideas create a feeling, an emotion inside of you? do you quickly assign a feeling to it using words from the language you’ve learned?

“that loopy line makes me feel happy.” “when i see black, it makes me feel confused.” “a triangle represents power.” can you ever divorce your intellect, your assignment of a word to an emotion and just feel? can we, as humans, experience an emotion without immediately identifying it as a word? what is the language of feelings? you know your dog is not thinking, “that feels good,” as you stroke their head, don’t you? can we do that with abstract art?

i have more questions than answers, but will consider this after more experimentation.


6 Responses to “abstract: reflections of light from the lid of a pot on the stove”


  1. July 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I tried saying ॐ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om) while looking at these images, and still couldn’t silence the chatter in my noggin. It never shuts up.

  2. July 9, 2012 at 8:08 am

    The pink version could be a My Bloody Valentine album cover.


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