Landscapes as Geographies of the Abstract
FEBRUARY 12 – MARCH 6, 2005
The public is invited to an
opening reception with the artists,
Saturday, February 12, 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Kevin Archer • Roxanne
Bohana • David Di Pasquale • Michael Flynn • Shelley
Haven • Seren Morey
Bill Nogosek • Jorge Posada • Leah Stuhltrager • Marsha Trattner • Kathleen Vance • Dolores Wesnak • Marcia Widenor
“ The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
new landscapes, but in having new eyes . . . ”
All genuine art is the result of living experience
. . . and the art of landscape painting can be no exception to
DESTINATIONS is an exhibition of artists in tune with the demands
of non-representational painting and sculpture. Through that creative
process these artists will explore nature as empathetic states
of mind, balancing chaos with beauty in an artistic space abandoned
to visual poetry: contemplative and ecstatic visions as embodiments
of meaningful sensations.
UNFAMILIAR DESTINATIONS recognizes Abstract Expressionism as the touchstone of this exhibition, circumventing the traditional rules of landscape art by emphasizing a detachment from the real, material world, and examining the merits of the work as a spiritual, poetical communication rather than a strictly imitative treatment of visible nature. Directly affecting, informal, and emotional in character, these works are reductive, street-wise, and painterly explorations in the unfamiliar terrain of such issues as scale, color, surface, and technical innovations of the creative vocabulary: distillation, compression, and extraction. The artists of UNFAMILIAR DESTINATIONS validate their personal voices against more conservative notions of “what art is about,” through understanding that the real subject of their work is in the rigor and focus of the painting itself: an explicit presentation of a dynamic and highly intuitive point of view in which physical nature and the human spirit are united in a single expression of truth, rewarding the mind as well as the eye.
James Pinney, Curator