What Is Geometric Abstraction?

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Geometric abstraction is an abstract art that uses simple geometric form. Discover how what you see is what you get in geometric abstraction art with help from a math teacher in this free video on basic math lessons.

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Geometric abstraction. Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang, I've been teaching college mathematics for 9 years and we're here to address that question. Now geometric sounds like geometry is being used and abstraction that sounds like art and you think that it's some kind of an art using abstract art using geometry, well that's actually what geometric abstraction is. So we're just going to get into a little bit of the definition of what geometric abstraction is to help you get a better understanding as to what's involved. The first part of the definition of geometric abstraction is it is abstract art using simple geometric form and non-illusionistic space. In other words, they use geometric shapes some of it using patterns, some of it not, but it's drawn in such a way that there are no illusions, in other words what you see on the art is what you get. You can find other things in there but it's not like a magic eye kind of art. It's not what geometric abstraction is supposed to be. What you see in there and what you detect and what you find is what's actually in the painting or the work of art. It's present in decorative motifs as well as different art pieces. And it's a pattern based art because there's various patterns involved, sometimes patterns make up the entire painting, sometimes just part of the painting without relying on recognizable forms and reality. In other words each kind of art is self contained. You're not reminded of other things that are placed in reality. So this gives you ideas as to what geometric abstraction is, I'm Jimmy Chang.

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