Several weeks ago, a friend-who-shall-remain-nameless (you’ll understand the reason for her anonymity as you read on) came over for coffee. During our conversation about a variety of topics, she looked up at the painting that hangs above our fireplace. It’s a piece Steve painted in 2009.
I like abstract art because it makes me think about what I see in the painting. Today, I stared at it from various yoga poses and thought about what my friend said she saw and about what I see and what Steve sees.
That led me to a theory. But I need test subjects to prove (or disprove) my theory. Will you be part of my experiment? Here’s all you need to do:
Before reading further, write in the comments section what you see in the painting . . . if you dare.
admit write what you saw in Steve’s abstract art?
Now I’ll tell you what each of us noticed in the painting: my friend, Steve and I. As you’ll note, all three are different:
- My friend-who-shall-remain-nameless sees phallic symbols. (See why she’s anonymous?)
- Steve sees people talking on a merry-go-round. He titled the painting “Conversations.”
- I see elves, laboratory flasks and a half-hidden light bulb.
Now, here’s my theory:
In abstract art, I think people see things that represent what they’re searching for. Here’s my interpretation of what appeared to each of us in the painting:
- I happen to know that my friend is in search of physical intimacy, thus she sees phalluses.
- As a licensed clinical social worker, Steve is in constant conversation with people who are often on a metaphorical merry-go-round. Sometimes it’s a challenge to guide them toward getting off the ride.
- I search for play (the elves), for the courage to experiment (the flasks) and to reveal new ideas (the half-hidden light bulb).
What do you think? Did you see something you might be searching for in the painting? Or did my yoga poses send me into La-la Land?
Hmmm . . .
If you’d like to see other art by Stephen Vanek, click HERE.