Calculated Abstract is similar in some respects to Raw Abstract Expressive art in the fact that the work is non-representational and is in essence uniquely derived from the gut or creative DNA. The main differentiation between this style and R.A.E. art is the element of a conceptual design framework prior to creation. Though the art is still abstract expressive, the work is not 100% created “on the fly” as is R.A.E artwork.
The Rorschach works are based in creative theory from the psychological profile testcreated in 1921 by Hermann Rorschach called the “The Rorschach Test, or simply “Rorschach.” From an artistic standpoint, these works took between 2-3 months “each” to create. Individual works boast between 25-40 different layers of mixed media and pigmentation to create the end result. Each layer is calculated and then poured directly onto the canvas. There are no tools or brushes used in creating the works imagery. Laid down in 25-40 stages (mixed, applied, configured, and dried), is naturally a lengthy process and one necessary to fully complete their unique visual effect, – reminiscent to that of the Rorschach Inkblots.
Major Influencers: Gerhard Richter, Joan Miro, Paul Klee, Willem de Kooning, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger.