Comments on: Pretty Ugly: On Not Hating Jonathan Lasker http://abstractcritical.com/article/pretty-ugly-on-not-hating-jonathan-lasker/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/article/pretty-ugly-on-not-hating-jonathan-lasker/#comment-5919 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:12:52 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=2629#comment-5919 I think it’s a matter of feeling, or feeling joined to knowledge (which I guess is what we hope art will have). Certain artists are just conscious and deliberate about what they do. Often this is read as without feeling, or in specific recent contexts, as irony or quotation, but I don’t see it that way.

When you spell it out it sounds easy or unremarkable, but in practice it’s rare. I think that most viewers and artists think that feeling is something that by nature has to be uncontrolled. There’s a truth in that no doubt, but in practice what they mean, and what they recognize as feeling, is repetition. The familiar. An artist who objectifies will at first seem “cold” but the feelings will come through later. I think that the review above bears out what I’m saying. I can’t say much more specifically about Lasker, and the review says a lot, but I think it’s clear that he deliberately chooses edgy colours, and the fine lines are drawn slowly. It’s all conscious montage. Does that make sense to you?

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By: Sam Cornish http://abstractcritical.com/article/pretty-ugly-on-not-hating-jonathan-lasker/#comment-5806 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:54:51 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=2629#comment-5806 Hi Robert, I’d me interested to know more particularly what you mean by objectification in regard to Lasker

Sam

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By: Robert Linsley http://abstractcritical.com/article/pretty-ugly-on-not-hating-jonathan-lasker/#comment-5471 Sat, 24 Dec 2011 22:16:48 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?p=2629#comment-5471 Mr. Triming, I like what you say about time, about different different time scales or speeds in the same picture.
I haven’t seen that much Lasker, but he always struck me as an objectifier, and objectification is a good thing in abstraction today precisely because it opens a space for feeling where feeling has decayed or gone flat. I’m wondering if this is something peculiar to abstraction, or necessary for abstraction.

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