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Anytime I read a review of a abstract Artists work it´s inevitable focus is on how the Artist treats the surface of the work. It feels as through this is the last bastion of abstract Art. A kind of surface fetishism.


As a digital Artist there is no surface. The Art I do is native to the internet and the electronic devices on which it is viewed. What you see is what you get.


The obsession with surface probably originated with Clement Greenburg. The high priest of formalism who during the 1950´s decided what is, and what is not Art.


this brings me back to surface.

One concept of Greenberg stays with me. He thought Art should be optical. I don´t know what that means exactly and I am not sure he did either, but I like the idea

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