Comments on: Mark Stone on ‘Shadowy Things and the Pulpit of Modernism’ 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 By: Sam Cornish Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:25:01 +0000 I suppose the obvious problem is how to do this and still remain abstract: how can painting evoke the physicality of the real world – of Van Gogh’s table – without directly representing it, or using spaces and structures which are too readily identified with it? Or maybe the solution will come (and guessing at what it might be in advance is perhaps a little vain and pointless) from a type of painting which confidently works between abstraction and representation?

By: Filip Gudovic Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:09:45 +0000 Great observation Sam,
I have read the article on Maximilian few days back and it gave me an interesting insight on Van Gogh together with the idea of physicality.
The interesting question for the realm of abstraction that exists today has a lot to do with the visual ecstasy that comes from the digital medium. The ability to digitally configure and manipulate formal elements in anything existing out there competes with what once abstraction stood for.
In my opinion, painting running in parallel with this digital in order to create illusion would just end up shallow and predictable (which is the case with much formalism occurring today).
What painting needs is to portray this illusion that can relate to the physical world but overcome the digital aesthetics. Together we need to loosen up painting, give it a drink or two, isolate it and then give it new identity.