Finding inspiration in Abstract Art

The hope of a condemned man II (1974) Joan Miró

Finding inspiration in Abstract Art

Saturday 29 July 2017, 2–3pm V22 Louise House

'The ability to experience other people's works helps the soul to become more receptive, capable of vibrating, which makes it richer, broader, more refined and more and more adapted to meet its goals'. Wassily Kandinsky

The 20th century was the time of experiment in the art world. Fine art withdrew itself from realistic depictions and went on an exciting journey of searching for new means of expression. Some artists remained attached to nature and carried on painting its shapes, only more simplified and stylised. Others were discovering the new world of the unconscious and spiritual, which has no visual references.

Looking at abstract artworks can sometimes be slightly tiresome and frustrating. The interaction implies an active engagement with a viewer. Unnamed and unfamiliar shapes confuse our brain, making it step out of its comfort zone. Still, Abstract Art speaks a language that is totally comprehensible. In order to have a dialogue with an abstract painting one perhaps needs a bit more time for contemplation and to do some homework. 

Join artist Victoria Kovalenko as she presents a talk and shares her experience of looking and analysing Abstract Paintings as well as how it enters her practice. 

Talk: Saturday 29 July, 2-3pm

Recommended for ages 14 years and over. 

Anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Victoria Kovalenko graduated in MA Photography from the Sir John Cass London Metropolitan University in 2010 and in BA Art Criticism from the Krasnoyarsk State University in 2004. Her photographs and cut-outs have been featured in numerous exhibitions in London and abroad. She currently lives and works in London. 

Venue info

V22 Louise House

Dartmouth Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3HZ

(Between Forest Hill Pools and Forest Hill Library)

Overground: Forest Hill
Bus: 122, 176, 197