Not too long ago, we got a suggestion from another of our avant garde painter users, one quite different from the testimonial posted on our home page. A relatively new TT user had been reading world-renowned artist and cognitive scientist Todd Siler's book, called Breaking The Mind Barrier. She had gotten to the part where he explains the origin of the term "abstract realism": "The early non-objective painter Wassily Kandinsky called these worlds the great abstraction and the great realism. As Kandinsky understood: 'The poles open two paths, which both lead to one goal at the end' -- unity." According to Dr. Siler, "In describing this unity of abstract realism, our descriptions become diffuse and shadowy." She spent a little time thinking about that statement, and a moment later, two intriguing things came to mind about about his explanation. He, first, had referred to Kandinsky's use of the word "worlds" as being equivalent to his own term "metaphorms", both terms implying "relationships between things we cannot explicit compare or literally equate." The idea of a "metaphorm" being quite thought-provoking.
Then she began to reflect on a way of thinking about our displays that we at the Better Tymes Project had never thought about, let alone described in any of our writings. Actually, a pair of opportunities for artists, and others also interested in modern art, which might help them both notch up their socializing as well as play around with, for a while, the notion of "abstract realism". Dr. Siler had presented why artists, art historians, gallery owners... all tend to see all of abstract realism as being diffuse and shadowy. However, unlike Dr. Siler (and everyone one else at the time of publication of his book who could not have been aware of TrueTyme's depictions of true time, if for no other reason than because TT did not yet exist), our new budding TT user immediately saw that today's conventional wisdom about abstract realism is still missing something about the realism part of it perhaps akin to what conventional time-keeping still misses. I.e., in the case of abstract realism, the undeniable related fact that there is -- from at least a time-wise point of view -- another kind of abstract realism -- one that is complementary opposite to Kandinsky's! And, if for no other reason than because TrueTyme's images of time are always highly concentrated -- and illuminating -- messages about where you are in the day or the night, totally devoid of artificialities. You may well disagree about her conclusions about TrueTyme as a kind of always timely abstract realism. And many of her new friends at gallery openings, parties and bars do disagree. On the other hand, as she said in her feedback with a smiley, what a cool, unconventional way to break the ice!
Rightly or wrongly, we have kind of come to agree that TrueTyme's displays of the passage of sun and moon time can reasonably be described as "timewise abstract realism". And here is why we think so...
Consider these two examples of abstract art: the first being "Large Nude", 1908, by Braque, who collaborated with Picasso in Cubism's development; and the latter being Convergence by Jackson Pollock...
While both of these paintings are well-known examples of abstract art, it is easy to see that only the one on the left might well be called an example of abstract realism.
Now consider the two conventional ways we are forced by our increasingly corporatized culture to think about and look at "time". Both the analogue and the digital displays of time we are constantly relying on, of course, consist of these three standard units of corporate standard time:
1) fixed standard sixty seconds in a fixed standard minute;
2) fixed sixty minutes in a fixed standard hour; and,
3) twenty-four fixed standard hours in a whole day and night.
So how real is all that? Very real if you live on the Equator, but not real if you don't. And not even real on the Equator if you are living by Daylight Saving Time. Historically speaking: first came mechanical clocks, which while at least keeping time relative to local midnight, alas, soon stopped timepieces from showing the obvious fact that, e.g., summer days are much longer than winter days; and then, thanks to the political influence of the great railroad corporations, came the introduction of Time Zones, which took our biological need for awareness of local times out of the equation; and, a bit more recently, has come Daylight Saving Time, which is now known to be a problem when we switch back and forth between it and corporate standard time. So by now, there is no longer anything real about time as shown on the faces of typical clocks and watches. But if you become familiar enough with what TrueTyme's images of time are showing you on you mobile phone, tablet and perhaps smart watch, when you are not doing serious time with it, maybe at times, you can be making new friends! -)