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Somewhat Abstract

Somewhat Abstract was held at Nottingham Contemporary between April and June 2014. Curated by Alex Farquharson the exhibition presented the work of seventy artists, spanning seven decades of art made in Britain.

Abstract art was taken as the exhibition's starting point, yet as the title suggests many of the work displayed could be described as near-abstract, rather than truly abstract. The chosen works reflecta world which has undergone a transformation. The image has lost its definition to become something else, while still retaining a sense of where it came from.

Abstract art is generally non-pictorial. The word abstract is also used to describe a thought or theory that is removed from concrete facts and circumstances. This includes the systems, models and diagrams that we use to explain the world, or control it.

For this reason Somewhat Abstract reflected ideas and perspectives outside of art itself, alluding to nature and landscape, architecture and technology, history and power, modelling and map-making.  Social and economic systems are taken into consideration alongside, class and gender, bodily experience and existential questions, while the scale dealt with range from the macro to the micro. 

 

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