Isn’t Minimalist art simplistic?
Mr Storer: Minimalist art at first appears simple, and there is certainly beauty and clarity in such simplicity and formal purity. The clean lines, attention to materials, and the way it occupies space has a great presence and power.
However, there is more to the works than first meets the eye, and taking time to appreciate this can open up new experiences. There are complex relationships that the works create with their internal elements, their surroundings, and with the viewer, through reflection, repetition, scale, colour, or light, as well as how they are placed in relation to the floor and wall.
Minimalism is also deeply informed by various concepts about how we see and experience the world. These include Zen Buddhism from Asia, which asks us to contemplate existence and emptiness; phenomenology, which is the study of consciousness, primarily through our experience of objects; and Gestalt psychology, which studies how we organise our perception through seeing the whole as greater than the sum of its parts.
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