5 Red Squares by Liz Kettle
Minimalism began as a reaction to abstract expressionism. Basically a bunch of artists got together and wrote out the manifesto or rule book for Minimalism. These artists, Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Sol LeWitt among others decided that they wanted to create an art movement that embraced an absence of expression and create art that was objective, non-referential, and kept the hand of the artist to an absolute minimum.
The characteristics of Minimalism include:
1. Simplicity of form
2. use of monochromatic palette or primary colors
3. an emphasis on pure shape
4. removal of any appearance of composition
5. keeping true to the materials and often employing industrial materials or mass produced supplies rather than 'art' materials.
If you would like to learn more there is a great abstract on Minimalism here.
I have a lot more ideas for exploring minimalism in stitch. Do you like it? Hate it? Want to try it? Let me know.
"A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself. It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole."