But is it Minimalist Art ?
Is this minimalist or not?
I could pose the question:
Is this image an example of minimalist art?
To a group of people who consider themselves to be reasonably arts minded and I would bet that the majority would answer in the negative. The response would be the same if the word art was replaced with photography.
Yet it contains many of the elements that go towards defining minimalism in other mediums.
- It is self contained
- It contains simple repetitive elements
- It is composed of a very limited color palette
It is obviously an image of vegetables and fruit in containers. No information from outside is required ot make sense of the image.
The baskets are laid out regularly and form a grid. The most prominent half of the image contains nothing but uniform extremely simple 3D oval type shapes within the aforementioned grid. The rest of the images is made up of peppers – more repetition, albeit of a more complex form.
Only a few shades of red, green and yellow appear in the image – many times less than in an average snapshot.
But it is not minimalist.
On one level it is a fun photograph and, I think, a good one but it isn’t minimalism. Why isn’t it minimalism?
My first thought was that it wasn’t minimalist because it wasn’t an example of abstract photography, or at least photographed in such a way as to make a representational interpretation difficult.
But minimalist photographs are often representational.
Representational minimalist photographs tend to be very basic forms or complex forms but appearing very small in the frame.
This sort of leads to the conclusion that simplicity defines minimalist photography and that is not very satisfactory.
Why do we think that this is minimalist?