I absolutely love beautiful interiors. There is something captivating about beautifully done spaces that makes you want to create one of your own. Those who style their own homes and offices, it is nothing less than painting a canvas with absolute artistry. Minimalism, is another aspect that has been driving everything from fashion to technology lately.

Its Inception

Minimalism, ever since the whole concept was conceived, has gone on to overtake all forms of art. Owing its birth to the movement in arts and music in the New York City in the late 60’s, the application of minimalism has spread like wildfire with the push and support of profound thinkers and artists all across the globe. As it was gradually combined with art, the results were astonishingly beautiful and ever since its demand and appreciation has only multiplied further. In fact, I feel in most cases is true that minimal art can radically transform the surroundings it is a part of. It seems to add a whole new freshness, replicating its effects on whatever or whoever might come in contact.

Artists such as Jack YoungermanEllsworth KellyFrank StellaAnthony Caro and Sol LeWitt were thoroughly experimental in their craft. They accepted and practiced minimalism without any inhibitions. Defying the traditionalists in their faces, they went on to disregard all norms and helped the concept reach out to a wider audience. Use of brash and clean geometrical forms and solid lines to depict forms became a trademark and this only continued to evolve with time. With the opinion that art should not refer to anything but itself, artists expanded this art form to whole new horizons with phenomenal outcomes.

Minimalism and Art

Minimalism in art, although has got no limits and boundaries. But if broken down can vaguely be separated in two forms. First covers its application in producing sculptures and the other in painting. In sculpting, it basically comprises of constructing very basic geometric forms. The materials used can be fibreglass, aluminium, plastic, sheet metals etc. Sculptors that infuse elements of minimalism into their craft tend to end with outcomes that are basically objective and lacking any expression just like with minimalist paintings and abstract drawings.

As far as its application in paintings goes, hard-edge painting is one that seems to be most rooted in the concept. Characterized by its razor sharp contours and neat placement of colours, it renounces the lyrical and mathematical composition in its stripped down form. It goes on to express the feelings of the artist clearly. It goes on to explore the significant forms of art, and pushes limits and stretches itself as far as it can go.

Some of its works can be quite outrageous to the traditionalists. This has only gone on to become the trademark of all that minimalist art is. Had it not been for the radical free minds that went on to pioneer this movement with great vitality and courage. It is quite hard to imagine what the fate of minimalist art would have been otherwise. It has earned the respect and place it deserves and has an ever growing popularity in terms of its application as well as its presence.

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