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Where Do You Find Everyday Art?

| May 6, 2014 | 48 Comments
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Jodie Mack

Jodie Mack


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Where do you find beautiful patterns and shapes? What kinds of abstraction do you consider beautiful? Snap a photo of abstraction in your everyday life and explain why it is aesthetically appealing to you.

Introduction

Dish towels, subway station walls, and industrial carpets are just a few examples of everyday abstraction that you might come across in your daily life.

In art, abstraction can be anything that is non-figurative or non-representative of familiar objects. Abstract art can sometimes feel complicated to understand because it is not based in a familiar reality.

World-renowned painter Francis Bacon said, “Abstract painting is an entirely aesthetic thing. It always remains on one level. It is only really interesting in the beauty of its patterns or its shapes.” But let’s consider other types of abstraction. Beautiful patterns and shapes exist everywhere, not just in art. And, as you probably know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

KQED Art School recently interviewed experimental animator Jodie Mack, who explains, “I’m making these abstract films but hoping to call attention to the relationship between fine art and everyday decorative kitsch. My aesthetic project of defining the relationship between fine art and everyday life concerning abstraction involves a lot of these really bright fabrics.” Take a look at Jodie’s work in the video below to inspire your hunt for abstraction in your life.

Resource

KQED Art School video Animated Abstraction with Jodie Mack
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator whose colorful films have screened all over the world. In this episode of Art School, tag along with Mack as she works on a new project in San Francisco. Inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, her new film features bright Oaxacan fabrics placed within landscapes and domestic scenes.


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More Resources

Art 21 video exclusive Mary Heilmann: Abstract Painting
Mary Heilmann describes a breakthrough she had of combining gestural and hard-edge abstracton in a single painting, combining the legacies of Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers.

National Geographic photo galleries Patterns in Nature
National Geographic hosts a selection of photo galleries that present patterns in nature. Topics include landscapes, flowers, sea stars, rocks, animals, and the microscopic earth.

Teaching Channel video Exploring Symbolism: Your Life as Abstract Art
Students create abstract art symbolizing their personal life journeys.


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Kristin Farr produces arts videos for KQED and writes monthly features for Juxtapoz magazine. She lives in the East Bay, and her favorite color is all of them.
  • Isaac Scarborough

    You can find art just about anywhere, it just depends on your outlook on it and the way you define art. I don’t believe art is restricted to a canvas, or even be made made. Art can be anything from nature to acts.

    • Isaac Scarborough

      A cool pic I found

      • Faith Colling

        Awesome picture. I love how artists can make images out of any material.

  • Dakota Brooke

    Being at school everyday, I often see various forms of art whether it’s on a poster, on a book cover, etc. Some of it is abstract art. Some of the different sculptures around the school such as the piece hanging from the ceiling of the SOI. For me, abstract art with many various colors is what I would consider beautiful.

    • Faith Colling

      Nice example of the sculpture hanging in SOI. I want to have my students make some large sculptures for outside of my classroom.

  • Samantha Wojcik

    I think we can find art patterns every where from a t-shirt to landscapes. Art is all over with its many different quality’s and anything could be considered art.

    • Faith Colling

      I like how you pointed out that the different types of art and pattens have different qualities.

  • Cole Reinhold

    I find beautiful patterns in nature. Leaves and even grass can be beautiful.

    • Faith Colling

      I love how there are so many different shapes of leaves.

    • Cole Reinhold

      ..

    • Quentin

      That is very nice. The transition of colors and just how it blends in with the picture.

  • Clay

    I find beautiful shapes and patterns in nature. I’m not sure exactly what I consider beautiful.

    • Faith Colling

      I love the patterns in nature. What is one specific one that you do or do not like? I like butterfly wings.

      • Clay

        I like the patterns on Cheetahs and Leopards. That sort of thing.

  • Ben

    Depending on who you are you can see art in anything you want. Everyone has a different view on what can be classified as art.

    • Faith Colling

      Very true. As with most things not everyone would agree on the definition of art. What is one thing in nature that you see as art?

  • Wesley Seidelmann

    I find the most beautiful shapes in nature. They’re God’s work and I just find it all fascinating.

    • Faith Colling

      I agree. What specifically is one of your favorites? Mine would be the sunrise.

  • Kyle Williams

    In my opinion, everything is art in it’s own way, but finding good art in nature is one of the easiest things.

    • Faith Colling

      I wouldn’t say everything personally. But a good great deal of things could be considered art.

      • Kyle Williams

        When it comes down to life, even the worst things can be considered art.

  • john

    Art patterns are all around us. From our posters to our clothing. Most things today run in patterns.

  • Arthur Clemons

    Anything that is made for reason, or for the enjoyment of it is art. Basically everything around us could be art if someone put in the effort, and had the passion for it.

    • Faith Colling

      True. What then separates art from other things that people make?

      • Arthur Clemons

        A mural in a school

  • Brandon Milligan

    You can find art wherever you look, ART IS EVERYWHERE.

    • Faith Colling

      What is a specific example?

  • Manuel Moreno

    You can find art everywhere everyday. A picture on social media can be a type of art. Basically art can be anywhere.

    • Faith Colling

      Social media has expanded how many people see art everyday.

  • Cesar Aguilar

    Some clouds are very artist to me and thats natural it’s self making art.

    • Faith Colling

      I love looking at the images in the clouds as they are always changing. It is a good creative thought process activity.

  • Samantha Wojcik

    This site has some examples of art patterns in nature. It has meany that I didn’t even think of like Zebra’s.
    http://www.next.cc/journey/language/nature-patterns

    • Faith Colling

      Thanks for the neat link Samantha. I like the thumb prints as each is unique.

  • Dakota Brooke

    I don’t have any pictures of any art from our school (from outside the art room). But for abstract art, this piece, which also has a 3D effect catch my eye. I like psychedelic abstract art.

    • Camdon Hisey

      HUUUUAHHHHH yes, yes, yes I would drop the Nae Nae to this art

  • Camdon Hisey

    I think that everything is its own art so I think that anything man made can be seen art

  • Camdon Hisey

    Everyday art

    • Faith Colling

      Is this a metaphor for buying more time with medications? Or time to stop medicating so much?

  • Alton Barnhart

    I believe we find shapes everyday like shadows and silhouettes. The curves and angles give off amazing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93mz_eZ5N4

  • Owen Manns

    I think you can find beatiful shapes and patterns anywhere, it all just depends on how you look at it.

  • Quentin

    Everywhere you look you see alot of basic shapes. Even now if you would look in the room around you, you can see several different examples of beautiful shape patterns everywhere.

  • Alton Barnhart
  • Landon Gregory

    I always find abstract in clothing. I think designs on clothing Are awesome.

  • Landon Gregory

    Here is an example of abstract in clothes that I think is awesome

  • Kayla Bonser

    My best friend’s mom is very spiritual. All around her house she has artwork and cool metal figures on the walls. But by far my favorite things are the mandalas that she has in her bedroom. A mandala is a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Usually, they spread out from a center point, resembling a flower or a star. The shapes and patterns within mandalas just feels so natural and interesting, like you could stare at them for hours. According to my friend’s mom, when someone draws a mandala, they are in touch with their inner selves. To me, that is an incredibly beautiful concept. While taking the time to draw a few myself, I thought a lot about myself and who I am as a person, as well as my goals. The mandalas themselves end up being a beautiful piece of art, and looking at their patterns and lines sparks an amazing feeling of self identification.