J the Ninja wrote:More accurately, it refers to a representation of something, rather than showing that thing itself. Thus, it's an abstraction of your subject matter, which is where the term comes from. "abstraction" is defined as "the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events" according to my dictionary app. To give a painfully cliche example, it could be the patterns of a fractal representing your emotions when your significant other left you.
So, strictly speaking, it doesn't refer to non-realistic images per-se, and "abstract" and "surreal" refer to fairly different things in art.
Did that make sense?
Thanks a lot, SATtva, but as quoted before, that gallery section has "misc" as part of the name, which really doesn't help me much. Also there's a normal image of a table with normal things on it, (click here) as well as a couple kissing at a doorway (click here), which I don't think is abstract. The rest of the images, I believe is abstract, but the "misc." name on the gallery is yielding me lol. Do you agree?SATtva wrote:Btw, we have a whole gallery section dedicated to abstract scenes.
jamminwolf wrote:The rest of the images, I believe is abstract, but the "misc." name on the gallery is yielding me lol. Do you agree?
jamminwolf wrote:do you think my assumption was right about unrealistic play with color (and light effects) and unrealistic objects?
Abel wrote:jamminwolf wrote:do you think my assumption was right about unrealistic play with color (and light effects) and unrealistic objects?
In my book, the word abstract is reserved for images where one cannot or does not readily recognize a depicted object. Using unrealistic or odd lighting or proportions could result into something surrealistic and/or stylized, but unless the objects is completely unrecognisable it wouldn't be abstract.
Using this definition, it is possible to create abstract photographs, even though the objects that have been pictures do exist. Admittedly the question what constitutes a recognizable image is not clearly defined, and this is even ignoring the question on which category you would put a realistic rendering of an art gallery, focusing on an abstract sculpture that 51% of the viewers would identify as depicting a fantasy aircraft.
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