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For much of human history, people made art by trying to represent the world as it appeared around them. Until about 100 years ago, when a bunch of artists stopped trying to do that. It was shocking then and it still upsets and confounds today.

How are we supposed to deal with art completely removed from recognizable objects? And why should we? This is the case for Abstraction.


Tony Oursler’s Grand Illusions, Science Left at the Door

Experience the “mystic flames, smoke & ectoplasmic phenomena” (The New York Times) of Tony Oursler: Imponderable. Presented in a “5-D” cinematic environment utilizing a contemporary form of Pepper’s ghost—a 19th-century phantasmagoric device—and a range of sensory effects (scents, vibrations, etc.), Imponderable is an immersive feature-length film inspired by Oursler’s own archive of ephemera relating to stage magic, spirit photography, pseudoscience, telekinesis, and other manifestations of the paranormal.

[Tony Oursler. Imponderable. 2015-16. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Tony Oursler. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

(via Tony Oursler’s Grand Illusions, Science Left at the Door)

Three

Luna, Twenty-Three Minutes in Brussels
Basile Pesso-Towards Brussels © September 2 011-First broadcast June 2 016
My Blip / My web magazine : Yes We Are (links)
…and thanks a lot to Basic Minimum for the reblog of an image that I love : Come, Light, Caress My Wall (link) !

Hypnotic and superb. Big size please !
Overnight. © Richard Gemmell aka Richard G :

Walk Away from the Monster

(SideWalking # 47 / Chauve Qui Peut !! #3)
Audioslave, Be Yourself
Basile Pesso-my BCN © 7 July 2 016
My Blip / My web magazine : Yes We Are (links)
…and thanks a lot to I Shall Be Released, the Unfound One and Holly Go Lightley for the reblog of an image that I love : Lost in the Wall #2 (link) !