Play Page Inspiration
These works were especially intriguing to me as inspiration for play pages in part because of their variety. These works are all very different, making use of different materials to accomplish very different things. While both the Calder and the Pollock are non-objective, they are also very different, and work toward different goals. Calder makes much more use of color and pattern, before disrupting his symmetrical pattern with a thin black line. Pollock uses line and what is almost like a visual texture created by the paint to great effect. Andreani, on the other hand, while working 400 years earlier, shows great skill in woodcut, making effective use of value despite the more difficult medium.
Here all the works I've shown are color-field Abstract Expressionism, but they all have very different characteristics. While Rothko and Still focus more on color, Newman almost exclusively uses shape and line. What I found most interesting was similarities and differences between the Still and the Rothko. Using almost identical color schemes, the artists still created massively different works that convey completely different emotions.
Interestingly, the artist's processes are not immediately obvious to the viewer. Rothko's work often looks slapdash - rushed even. The edges between colors aren't sharp and clear like in Newman's work, instead allowing seemingly random blending and areas of translucent. But, when you learn more about his process, it becomes clear that this was intentional. He designed his work this way and his painting accomplished this desire. The subtle variations of color as edges blend and layer are exactly what he wanted.
I think to many people this Abstract Expressionist work is uninteresting because they don't understand the work and thought that goes into each piece. The greater understanding they have of the process and the intent of the artist, the more worthwhile I expect they will find the art.