Hartmut BOHM was born in Kassel in 1938, he is one of the most renowned German artists in Concrete Art.
"Progressionen gegen Unendlich", its progression towards infinity opposes the disorder of the world by an organization of forms freed from representation and yet evocative of the many facets of the human being.
"When you've tasted the effectiveness of the adage 'Less is more' you keep digging this timeless path. Because while referring to the foundations of visual arts language, it in no way limits individual expression. This is a paradox that can be verified here. Using the vocabulary of geometry does not exclude the sensitive but rather exacerbates it, forcing the eye to rummage in the memory of the initial sensations, to literally flush out. An angle sets the balance, a diagonal can be transgressive, a curve and it is flight, white prevails, black hollow, the three primary colors - red, yellow, blue - contain all the others. »
MANIFESTO OF CONCRETE ART:
- Concrete art is not a dogma, it is the expression of an intellectual thought, it knows a plurality of languages.
- It is determined by the result, by the visualization of a thought and not of a method.
- Reflection of the human spirit, for the human spirit.
- Opposes sentimentality and mysticism.
- Is not an interpretation, an illustration, a symbol, it is the real.
- Not a transposition of nature.
- Not an abstraction.
- Is not narrative, literary, it is close to music.
- It takes shape with the help of color, space, light, movement, this is how it materializes.
- It does not testify to the private, it confirms the universal.
- It is linked to architecture, industrial design.
- It does not differentiate Art from applied art, the difference lies in the function.
- He wants to mobilize our aesthetic sense, our creativity, our social conscience.
- He wants to clarify, participate in the harmonization of our artificial world.
- Concrete art takes what it can as long as it helps propel life, real life. -
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