I Hated Abstract Art

January 23, 2015

I hated abstract art

I looked at it with disgust, I looked at it with contempt,
I looked at it with a distaste that could almost be described as indignant.

The painting had no appeal, the painting had no detail, 
The painting had no tint of aesthetic wonder.

Decidedly I turned my head away, but I knew I would come again someday
To observe the painting yet again, maybe then I'd decipher a hint.

The painting tormented me day and night -the hideous, unorganized splashes of paint
Carelessly dripped over an over-sized canvas -the marks of Pollack, Picasso, and others I could not deign to appreciate

Hours and hours I spent on a painting -the intricate, purposeful lines of color
Carefully applied on a brand new canvas -the touch of Courbet, Manet, and others with whom I was infatuated

Reluctantly I returned again, I had come again the next day
To study the abstract yet again, but this time it was vastly different

The painting attracted me, the painting captured me
The painting trapped me with a ineffable sense of wonder

I looked at it with hunger, I looked at it with appreciation
I looked at it with a love that could almost be described as obsession

Then I realized -after all this time- I had slowly but surely fallen in love abstract art after all

It became a mix of emotions and expressions, it became part of my world
Inevitably and indubitably, it became part of me - a part of who I was to be.






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ansem_unlimited said...
Feb. 4, 2015 at 8:14 am
You're totally right, I once saw a canvas painted totally green six for six grand!
 
CaseyChickenWang This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 4, 2015 at 6:34 pm
Hahaha, isn't it hard to appreciate?
 
ansem_unlimited replied...
Feb. 11, 2015 at 8:15 am
Idk, but you'd need to be pretty GREEN to buy it!
 
AbigailGilgal said...
Feb. 2, 2015 at 9:55 am
This was good. 5/5. I just felt like I totally related to it. And maybe I'm reading into it too much, but it sounded like a connection between the ignorance of a child and striving towards adulthood. I also adored your vocabulary. Writing can become dull very fast when words are to often repeated; but your word usage was superb. keep it up!
 
CaseyChickenWang This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm
hahaha, that's probably true. I've always studied Realism and Surrealism but I couldn't really appreciate abstract art. After I learned to see art a little differently, I feel as if I've matured as an artist as well. So yes, it could be a poem about growing up.
 
ThePoeticJustice said...
Feb. 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm
Hey, I splattered some food on the floor and it looked kinda like abstract art, so I'm a good painter now...
 
CaseyChickenWang This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm
LOL See what I mean?
 
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