I also like reading the CNC stuff. Fascinating stuff. Makes me wonder if there's some way to use it to make abstract pieces, you know, like these for example:
@DRT, an interesting thought. You will know more than I do about the convergence of graphic technologies, but I have a necktie (yeah, I know, old-school) with a variation of Klimt’s “The Kiss”, which you show. If it can be printed on silk, it must be possible to create a CNC file?
Theo, you left out the other definitions of abstract, e.g. as a noun or a transitive verb. They go some way to make abstract art understandable. Of course, sometimes abstract art is merely abstruse, but then so are many politicians, and they keep getting elected.
I have a theory that the aesthetics we are exposed to in our early neurocognitive development, hard-wire us for liking or identifying with certain aesthetic values later on, while totally not appreciating others. I try to keep an open mind on these matters, for example rap and hip-hop, but for the life of me I cannot understand what the artists are saying - they speak a very distant relative of the English I learnt - “scarce cater-cousins”, as Shakespeare would say.
Still, who is the fool? They make millions of dollars, out of what I consider unintelligible.
My ancestors had it right: De gustibus non disputandum est.