When it comes to Abstract art, I’ve never been much of a fan. The thought process involved in such paintings almost disappears completely, making the works repetitive and unoriginal. There are exceptions, particularly one that i admire is the work stemming from Gerhard Richter. His work is so technically astounding that when viewing an abstract piece of his one cannot help but think it took him as much time to produce as any of his realistic photographic portraits. He makes the executing process of an abstract painting almost satirical by placing every layer of paint in exactly the place it’s supposed to be, bringing the valuable thought process back into such a careless medium.
“One has to believe in what one is doing, one has to commit oneself inwardly, in order to do painting. Once obsessed, one ultimately carries it to the point of believing that one might change human beings through painting. But if one lacks this passionate commitment, there is nothing left to do. Then it is best to leave it alone. For basically painting is idiocy.”