When we think of abstract art, our minds typically think of splotched, smeared, and scrawled marks that bear little relation to the natural world. Whereas landscapes and still lifes offer us something to grasp on to, something recognizable “out there,” abstract art can seem utterly devoid of referential content. To overcome this obstacle, this gallery talk led by Samuel Ewing, graduate student lecturer, will track the various ways to think, perceive, and even feel abstraction. Far from viewing abstract works as the result of arbitrary or psychologized mark making, we will instead confront the logic behind these works as a way to understand their aesthetic content.