a series of 10 Nonrepresentational Art compositions in
36" x 36" acrylic on canvas by Cocoi Base
PAUSE is a nod to Nonrepresentational Art Movement lead by Wassily Kandinsky in the early 20th century. Nonrepresentational Art refers to compositions which do not rely on representation or mimesis to any natural object of reality to any extent. It aims to evoke emotions to the viewers by using only basic elements of composition such as lines, shapes, forms, planes, colors, textures, etc. Because there is no implied meaning, symbols and signifiers, Nonrepresentational Art becomes highly subjective and intimately personal to the viewers. As how instrumental music communicates auditory language to a listener, Nonrepresentational Art takes the viewers to the same experience by visual sense. Because of this, the visual experience unique to each viewer becomes a meditative act.
Nonrepresentational Art’s motivation of pure abstraction could express, as Kandinsky further posited, pure spirituality.
2020 has just passed and circumstances, as we know it, have changed our lives forever. A new year may be seen as a new beginning but in reality, only the numbers have added and we are still with the same difficulties in the same situation we have to deal with.
But our culture will never be the same and during this time of overflowing information and a demand for sudden evolution, we may lose ourselves in the rapid transition.
With our lives in scrutiny and with social issues always seemingly being dealt with divisiveness, maybe we all need to rethink and relearn what our goals and roles are in this society.
With incoming difficulties that seem never ending and posing opportunities to be compassionate, maybe we need to rediscover and rekindle the desire and advocacy to bring positive change to our environment given with what we have.
With our minds being saturated with imagery, propaganda, (dis)information and critical choices on a daily basis, maybe we need to recheck our moral compass and reconnect with our own spirituality - our ‘self’.
Maybe what we need, even given only the slightest of chances, is a PAUSE. A momentary respite. Not to escape our reality but to dwell in a slight moment of calmness and solitude. So that when we make our next decision, and when we do our next move, we are sure it came from our real selves –from within who we really are.