It's safe to say, that you could say of me that I love art! Forgoing the techno babble of isms and getting down to the "I know what I like" stuff, then I love how an artist will craft the subject for me to see through their eyes.
If pressed then I will say that I love the genre of abstract, I always have! For many years it made no sense why I liked abstract but I did. I finished a honours degree in digital art and suddenly I began to understood why I am drawn to this genre. I won't go into why, it's personal... which is my way of saying it makes sense to me and with that you need to be satisfied, otherwise you need to get into my head… and you haven't seen my art yet so do not go there!
Surrealism, to me, is abstract, though I have referred to some works as surreal abstracts which by my definition means abstract abstracts, but that makes sense to me. We have some great abstract artists in the gallery, namely Gillian Carpenter, Iain Watson and Bobby Rennie. Whilst Gillian and Iain embrace abstract in it's purest form, Gillian did abstract for her dissertation on her degree where she explained why she is an abstract artist (the book is available in the gallery upon request), it's Bobby Rennie's art that intriques me.
Surreal abstracts are different for each viewer, two people can stand side by side and see something different. For me this is the beauty of this art, we invest part of the narrative in the art from our own experiences and then augment them from the narratives of other people.
The real trick is to get lost in the art, the closer you stand the more detail there is to process, the further away you stand the detail becomes lost and subtler narrative unfolds… it's totally up to you which distance you want.
As I say when people ask, this is art you never need to change, it has a different meaning for each viewer and changes with events…
The Surreal work of Bobby RennieThe surreal abstract, the hardest art genre to do... requires a brain that can see the world in less literal ways
The first two are hanging in the TUA gallery at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow, the last one is awaiting a new home on the wall. They are £325 each and Bobby accepts commissions. Next month the works will be available in a limited edition print.
by Stu Duffy