abstract calligraphy

Abstract Art and Abstract Calligraphy

By Mel Strawn / 21/12/2019 /

Broadly, today, ‘abstract’ identifies any visual art not concerned with representing known (or imaginary)_ objects, things of the world including optical views of that world–landscape. Simplified symbols, such as marks on cave walls we assume were “counters” –and very simplified (abstracted) representations of plants, animals and landscape features (tree, mountain, etc.) led to standardized letter…

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Is language, and in our sphere of interest, written language not a ‘reaching out’ and a ‘taking in’, an active force?

By Mel Strawn / 01/01/2019 /

Usually employed to communicate with others–present or potential, its overt or subjective value is most often utilitarian, a nearly invisible, efficient means to an end, the conveyance of information. Beyond the many such manifestations it partially shapes, informs (literally) and transmits experiential value(s). In practice, in East and West, the forms taken by written/calligraphic language…

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Ascension, acrylic ink on paper, 32 inches H x 15 inches W, 2010

A Sunday Drive with Saburo Hasegawa, an Asian American Pioneer of Abstract Calligraphy

By Mel Strawn / 21/02/2013 /

I had promised to print a lithograph for Saburo and had told him – “anytime, the stone is prepared”. I had my own press and several lithographic stones on which

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