The NON-OBJECTIVE world – South bank centre


“The term “non-objective” refers to paintings and sculptures which contain no representational subject matter and are created from purely pictorial elements rather than deriving from the world of natural appearances”

“The term “non-objective”describes art which has no representational subject matter and is created from purely pictorial elements.”

(Pg7, the non-objective world)

Abstract Utopia

“Such terms are intended to distinguish the complete absence of representational subject matter from the process o “abstracting”, or artistically transforming a legible image….

This dual sense of abstract is confusing, critical labels are not very helpful when it comes to confronting particular works…..

Such formal appreciation requires no background knowledge and is appropriate t the highly aesthetic decisions about placement, strength of colour and so forth, that the making of the works certainly involved, no with standing their “mathmatical”look…

Ever since antiquity itself, such quantities as older and simplicity have commonly been invested with more metaphorical references.”

“abstract art  were at pains to emphasise, in their extensive  theoretical writings, that pure forms and colours constituted a more effective means than legible imagery to communicate ideas and emotions to the viewer”

(Pg 10, The non-objective world)

“The new art is founded not on a subjective, but on an objective basis. This, like science can be described with precision and is by nature constructive. It unities not only pure art, but all these who stand at the frontier of the new culture. The artist is a companion to the scholar, the engineer and the worker.”

(Pg 23, The non-objective world)

“You cannot build a new society without artists. The artists are waiting for their opportunity: abstract artists who are, in this tune of transition, perfecting their formal sensibility, who will be ready, when the time comes, to apply their talents to the great work of reconstruction.That is not a work for romanticists…..communism is realist scientific, essentially classical.”

(Herbert Read pg 28, he non-objective world)

Henry Moore wrote

“The violent quarrel between the abstractionist and the surrealists seems to me quite unnecessary. All good art has contained both abstract and surrealist elements, just as it has contained both classical and romantic elements – order and surprise intellect and imagination, conscious and unconscious. Both sides of the artist’s personality must play their part”

(Pg 31, The non-objective world)

Book circle”internatinal survey of constructive art” 1937

“The book contained work and writings by virtually all the leading architects and artists of the international “constructive trend”. For all its optimism, circle as, in a sense, the swan song of the artistic direction encapsulated in this exhibition. Individual artists carried on, of course in the same vein,and, as a “style”, geometric abstraction has remained one significant option amongst many on the post-war scene. The extreme and uncompromising character of the work of the pioneering generations remains a compelling inspiration. Yet in terms of their own motivations, their art cannot be understood in isolation from utopian deals which have com to seem increasingly remote, especially now, in the era of the final demise of communism. intimately, looking at this type of art also entails an imaginative leap into the historical moment of its creation.”

(Pg31, The non-objective world)

A painters view – Adrian Heath

“I longed to see some original work,but i had to wait ten years until Bryon  Robertson brought a retrospective of Malevich to the whitechapel in 1959. Today the situation is very different; no young painter need feel himself  deprived of knowledge about any artist of distinction.”

(Pg35, The non-objective world)

sculptures view, Richard Deacon

“Space and material substance are covalent (not equivalent since neither replaces the other).”

(Pg 39, The non-objective world)

Non objective – In english this term has often been used to denote the complete absence of legible subject matter in a painting of sculpture, in preference to the more ambiguous “abstraction”, with its connotation of simplifying or in some other way transforming an observed or imagined image. It deserves from the Russian “Bespredementoe” as used  by Malevich and the German “Gegenstanlose”. Both more literally mean “objectless” or “without objects”, implying the creation of a work of art from pure pictorial elements rather than from objects derived from the world of natural appearances. It is not associated with any particular group of artists or period in art.

Reading this book it has revealed to me that throughout history art has been created purposely not having a theory or method behind it but id produced to be purely aesthetic. I like this thought in a way because it is not projecting someone elses views onto you it is purely a piece of design for you to have without any politics or issues being portrayed, it somehow gives freedom back to  the art.

However for now i am focusing mainly on work with the methods behind the art, so that looking into the problems we face with social society and modern spaces. Creating designs to change the way we design and think about art. Maybe for design no methods and complete blank thoughts are what need to be produced to help social society.

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About hannahruthkellett

I am currently doing my Masters in interior design, this blog is to reflect and inspire my progress through out my time on the course. View all posts by hannahruthkellett

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