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10-22-2015, 06:37 AM
Because of the enthusiastic way I fling paint around I protect the studio floor and other potential targets with large sheets of cardboard. After a few years they become completely covered with accidental abstract works. But is it art?

10-22-2015, 08:42 AM
yes! it is art!
really like it!
and how you got it - is my favorite way:
- Out of Chaos Stars Are Born.

10-22-2015, 11:26 AM
if you want a definitive answer to that query
good luck

a question reminiscent of my Art History I & 2 classes
no answer possible except to the viewer
is it music?
is it architecture?
is it a movie?

The Arts are not a science
they are subjective.


10-22-2015, 11:43 AM
I ask the question mischievously.
I think I'll call it collateral art.

Magali Lenarczak
10-22-2015, 12:11 PM
I would call it art also! It looks intriguing.

10-22-2015, 12:59 PM
Thanks Magali.

I think I've started a new art genre - Collateral Art. Here's another one:


10-22-2015, 01:06 PM
Each drop has its own story. It was the byproduct of artistic expression. If you, the artist, hadn't been holding the brush exactly where it was when the drop fell, it wouldn't have fallen there. With that in mind, while it may not be my "style" or personal preference, it's art. You can call it collateral art or subconscious art, but each droplet landed somewhere because the artistic part of you had guided the brush to that position at that moment in time.

10-22-2015, 04:41 PM
collateral damage has a negative connotation...

perhaps it is "Bonus Art"

10-22-2015, 07:40 PM
Both are beautiful

10-23-2015, 03:36 AM
Good one, greggo.
Or maybe, the Angel's Share (evaporative loss in a distillery)

Thanks Beverly.

10-23-2015, 03:37 AM
CH - well put.

10-23-2015, 06:04 AM
I like the term collateral art - and the art itself

10-23-2015, 06:16 PM
Very cool art! This is more personal than abstract photography, in my opinion, where the artist for instances photographs the beautiful texture of bark. It's about finding the abstract in something you accidentally or sequentially created, about isolating a good composition from a large canvas/ cardboard in this case. So yes, I think as well it is abstract art on cardboard support :)

10-23-2015, 08:13 PM
This time the art is in how you capture it as a photographic image.

How about fortulateral art, combining the fortu (luck, chance) root of fortuitous and the lateral (at the side) of collateral?

10-24-2015, 04:12 AM
Well said, Mihaela.

Good one, Rick - Fortulateral, love it!

10-24-2015, 10:47 AM
You might be interested in the Artist Farrel Brickhouse's Face Book page in which he shows photos of various Artist's Tables, shelves and pallets.