One of the most interesting artists I focused on in my research was Robert Rouchenberg. He worked in several areas, as a painter, sculptor, set and costume designer, but also as a theatre director. What made him famous, however, were his,, combibatte,,, paintings. They are combination of abstract painting, photography and real objects. In the contrast to many (other) artists, for example Franz Kilen, his works are not completely abstract. Through collages of real objects with paintings or photos, (in some way) he indicated the direction for interpretation of his works. Mentioned earlier Fraz Klien or Jeckson Pollock claimed that the viewer should interpret their works completely alone, without any leads.
Viewers were left alone.
Abstract artists thought that their works should be completely autonomic and gives the freedom in interpretation. The interpretation should be very subjective and ,, individual,. Rouchenberg gives us big space for interpretation but always tries to direct us with one element in his work.
Placing real objects in the abstract, very expressive and unreal word, he gives them new meaning. These objects, taken away from their natural context, become strangely unreal and disturbing.
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