Musings, assertions, and intuitions on matters aesthetic, philosophical, and more.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Minimalism, Compression, and Omission
Judith Trepp, oil and acrylic on linen, 2017
The power of minimalism derives from two sources: compression and omission. The thousand things unsaid concentrate power into the one thing that is said. Ken Kesey described how he was once participating in a chaotic late 60s scene at Apple Studios in London when John Lennon walked in and silenced and focused everyone with a single word. That's authority, which needs to be in place to make the compression and omission work.