“The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way. There is no good asking first whether the work before you deserves such a surrender, for until you have surrendered you cannot possibly find out.” – CS Lewis
When it comes to abstract painting the question be it verbal or mental almost always comes up … “What is it suppose to be?” or some facsimile. I can’t say that I haven’t asked that question while looking at art be it museum or online gallery. We like for life as well as art to make sense. But that is where art and life come in as neither makes sense at times.
“Abstract means something that is not attempting to represent reality.”
By this definition of most if not all people, including myself, live abstract lives of trying to be something other than what we are painted to be. Perhaps our best reasoning for art is to stop trying turn out heads so as to figure out what this abstract piece of art is to be, and just sit back, as C.S. suggests and surrender to the art piece and appreciate the artist inspiration and passion that has allowed him to display his work for you. Look at the piece of art. Listen to hear if it speaks to you. Receive it regardless as a work of art.