Sean Scully Reveals the Power of Abstract Art
Question: Why did you choose abstraction?
Scully: Well, it’s quite simple really I think a representational painter wants to show the things in the picture and with an abstract painting what in a sense you are trying to do is make everything happen at once. Now the other day I was in the Bon Art Exhibition. And Bon Art said whose Bon Art figurative painter of course and considered at one point retrograde and anti-madness. Working in the face of abstraction and cubism and hanging on to the figure, relentlessly hanging on to the figure. And he said I want to give the impression that when you walk into a room you see everything and nothing. And I would say that I want to show everything all at once. I once read a very interesting piece of graffiti when I was at the university which said time was invented to stop everything happening at once. She’s quite sweet. In an abstract painting it should be, could be possibly a moment of revelation and it’s a kind of thinking that takes you out of context, so that is his big advantage I think.
The artist wants his work to reveal everything all at once.
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