“Abstract Art: art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve it’s
effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures” – Oxford Languages…

Whether many of us are aware of it or not, we have all been exposed, by one way or
another, to a type of abstract art. You might have seen some at a museum, various art galleries,
advertisements, and or even new acrylic pour practices (yea, I’m looking at you Pinterest!). But
even more so we might even ask ourselves when looking at such pieces “Why is this piece so
popular?!” or “Why is this pieces so engaging to me beyond words!?” and thankfully so, that is
what makes abstract art pieces successful; because even though there is sometimes no real
objectivity to it (such subjects that we can identify within reality) and more or less elicit an
emotional and sometimes an unconscious response of intrigue based on the pure use of color,
shapes, forms, and textures.

Famous contemporary abstract artists you may know are Jackson Pollock (throws paint at
canvas to produce a splatter effect via different paint colors), Pablo Picasso (turned modern day
objects into their most basic forms- predominately cubism), Piet Mondrian (simplistic pieces
with the repetitive simplistic use of primary colors and predominantly square shapes), and that is
just to name a few. Abstract expressionism in the artistic community was and still is geared
towards art as a conceptual thinking style instead of the replication realism of nature and objects
at they are to be.

“Art is higher than reality and has no direct relation to reality. To approach the spiritual
in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality. Because reality is opposed to the
spiritual. We find ourselves in the presence of abstract art. Art should be above reality,
otherwise it would have no value for man.” -Piet Mondrian.-

It’s not uncommon for many people to have a mental, and even sometimes emotional,
response to abstract art even without placing a direct subject in view of the audience with
simplistic use of its natural elements of designs and executions with colors, shapes, forms, and
textures, do many people have a semi-unconscious response to these particular pieces and
therefore a point of intrigue and interest in the pieces themselves.

That’s why the acrylic pours that have surged the hobby nation and social media
for the past few years had been so popular and successful. People were widely enthralled with
the self-chosen color combination and bubbling affect that these perfectly abstract procedures
produced. So next time you see a seemingly abstract piece, take a moment to really look at it and
see it for all of its visual worth, and ask yourself the inquisitive questions of “how might this
person gone about making this piece and why?”. While you’re at it- ask yourself the same
questions. You never know what might inspire you to create your own personal Mondrian
inspired piece. What current events inspire you to create? We see even now during the Black
Lives Matter Movement thousands of artists utilizing their skills to bring awareness to the masses of the systemic oppression of communities of color. Through visual and other various art media, people are finding and vocalizing their internal expression.