PRESENTATIONS
OBJECT: NO OBJECT
Exploring the Non-Objective Art Form
October 5 - October 27, 2002

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

 

Jos Vander Hamsvoord
9950409, 4 1/2" x 6"

 

Naoki Iwakawa
Beauty = Phenomnom + Free, 12' x 7'

 

Paulien Lethen
Woodpanel, 30" x 40"

 

Seren Morey
Rampage, encaustic + urethane on panel, 66" x 60"

 

Robin Ross
Cigar Box 129, oil and metals on wood, 7 1/4" x 4" x 1 1/4"

 

Nancy Steinson
Riemannian Epigram, steel, 48" x 58" x 28"

 

Keen Wong
Dream of Lotus Pond, 48" x 66"

 

Toshiko Tochihara
Watching, oil on canvas, 31" x 25"

An exploration of non-objective expressionism in recent works by nine established artists with studios in Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Japan. Curated by James Pinney in cooperation with Yuko Wylie of Lunar Base Gallery of Williamsburg, the exhibit will feature works of photography by Jos Vander Hamsvoord, action painting by Naoki Iwakawa, mixed media by Patricia Gutierrez, Paulien Lethen, and Robin Ross, painting by Toshiko Tochihara, and Keen Wong, encaustic by Seren Morey, and sculpture by Nancy Steinson. We invite you to join us for an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, October 5th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

"Presentations" is an exhibition of artists whose chief involvement is the exploration of the non-objective (or non-representational) creative process in which artistic space yields to visual poetry. Like the best poetry, the non-objective uses language that is incomprehensible. Yet through its own dynamic vocabulary, the artistic expression stirs emotional truths and reflects empathetic states of mind. Like the poet, the artist shares intense moments of heightened awareness unlocking enigmas of the human condition by balancing chaos with beauty through the unique use of gesture and materials.

The key to an appreciation of non-objective art is in the willingness delve into its visual mood without the analysis that clouds the intuitive moment and by understanding the possibilities of these moods or states of mind as abstracted from our vast reservoir of human experience. These states are as diverse as creative imagination allows and can range from deep melancholy or contemplative calm to ecstatic vision.

The artists in "Presentations" validate their personal voices in contrast to more conservative notions of "what art is about" and have brought their work to a crossroad where dogmatic norms are questioned. For these artists, the collaboration of mood and gesture becomes an aim in itself and through this, a phantasmagoric world transcends conventions of time and space.


Made possible in part by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Independence Community Foundation and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz