Let's Talk Abstract Jigsaw Puzzles
Let's Talk Abstract Jigsaw Puzzles
Upon looking at what our website visitors are Googling in order to find us, I was surprised to find abstract jigsaw puzzles as one of the higher searched results!
While I'm not the most artistic person, I do find art styles within different historical time periods quite interesting. With the overwhelming number of art styles and sub-styles being engendered each year, and the number of different puzzles out there, it's interesting that we seem to be operating in such a niche as abstract jigsaw puzzles. So now I'm inspired to write about abstract art in jigsaw puzzles and different puzzle styles!
So first of all, what is abstract art?
Honestly I feel like if I was to ask this question in a 100-level college art course I'd probably be beat up before getting a concise answer. However a quick Google search likens the elements of abstract art as any art that depicts a visual image in a non-realistic way. So something as simple as a distortion, crazy colors, or exaggerating features would move a traditional art piece into the realm of the abstract.
In that very essence, most of our puzzles fit this description perfectly! We are an abstract art puzzle company. However, the trend for puzzles to depict abstract art definitely isn't something that was common. I'm sure most of us growing up remember doing puzzles with our family.
The puzzles we had before were stale still images of trains, busy crosswalks, or a small cottage in the country. I think the only puzzle my family did that wasn't one of those very traditional style of puzzle art was a soda collection puzzle. I'm sure a lot of us had very similar experiences surrounding puzzles.
What was with old puzzle art? Why were they all so similar?
In researching this topic, I couldn't really find a concise answer. But I do have some theories I'll share later. The only things I could find were honestly pretty disappointing for someone who enjoys puzzles. Some of the articles claim that puzzles are not art. While it can be debated, art is art. Our artists work so hard and their creativity and unique artistic licenses shine through with each of our puzzles.
This is where I also come to question why the old stale puzzle art from before was so bland. Of course the answer most likely lies in the state of where artists fall in our societies. Before, someone applying to be an artist or studying to be an artist was laughable. I'm sure they were met with heavy criticism from their family and even after they had completed school, were still met with a lot of back-handed compliments.
The old puzzle art of horses, or a field of cats, or the side of a bus stop were just easy few art that people could find online either in public domain or with cheap licensing. Photographers and artists working for puzzle companies were met with very low wages and compensation in return for their art.
In the modern day, artists are given such an opportunity with social media and the digital age. It's an amazing time to be an artist and a lot of businesses are realizing the importance of having a professional artist within their ranks. Art can separate you from the competition so easily, just look at our puzzle art compared to what you can find in any other store.
So why have abstract puzzles become so popular?
So, my theory on why abstract art is making such a comeback from the modern and Donatella-Versace-hating minimalism that has plagued our puzzle aisles as of late. If abstract art is known as anything depicting realistic things and situations in non-realistic ways, we have to look at what is coming into our media and science.
Artists and puzzle companies before were living in such a different age of both science, art, and entertainment. Our modern day luxuries of entertainment and scientific advancements have opened our minds so much to what is really happening and the possibilities of what's out there.
We see such mind-bending and 'abstract' things on television, movies, and the latest from scientists that it's become more common for us to accept the abstract way of life. Abstract art may be considered an unrealistic way of depicting reality, but for many of us these images seem to be as realistic to our minds as the photographs of drab puzzle art was to their audiences.
So what do you think? Am I looking too deep into this, or do you think the growth of our human experience has shifted something such as puzzle aesthetics into a different realm of art?