Date(s) - 10/08/2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Exhibition: Oct. 8-17 | Thurs-Sat, 1-4pm & by appointment
- Di Meng
- Fong Fai
- Hilla Hueber
- Steve Senter
- Pichai Pongsasaovapark
- James Su
- Julie Huang
- Tiffany Yue Liu
Introduction to Making Senses: Living in an Abstract World
Abstract art does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Rather, it seeks to break away from the representation of physical objects, explore the relationships of forms and colors, and in so doing convey something to the viewer who can interpret in any way they like.
Abstract artists challenge us to see something, feel something, or experience something in our emotional response to the art. The American artist James McNeill Whistler even described his art in musical terms, envisioning and entitling his works with the abstract language of music, calling them symphonies, compositions, harmonies, nocturnes, arrangements, and so forth. Visual art to be heard.
Or as the artists Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb, who strove for a new language of expression in art, wrote in 1943 in a philosophical statement that would guide their painting for years to come:
“We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.”
In an increasingly material-oriented world often devoid of a life philosophy, abstract art is much like philosophy. It emanates from the artist’s desire to create works based on personal perspectives or flowing from their social or cultural influences. Those focused solely on the material often cannot grasp the meaning of abstract art since it requires them to see beyond the obvious at hand or because they are not listening to what the artist is saying, or sensing what the artist is feeling and expressing.
This exhibition of abstract works reflects the individual painters’ efforts to create work that challenges us to use our senses – to be still and listen and hear, and most importantly, feel what we see in the world around us.
Artist and Curator
October 7, 2015