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Colour and Form: Beauty in Abstraction

On view: Jan. 24 - Mar. 17, 2019

Opening reception: Thursday Jan. 24, 5pm - 7pm

Featured artists: Kathline Carr, Dawn Nelson, Sarah Sutro

Sarah Sutro Composite Landscape, Acrylic on Canvas
Sarah Sutro "Landscape Composite #13," Acrylic on Canvas, 2015. image courtesy of the Artist


January 18, 2019 "Highlighting the fundamentals of abstract work" - Berkshire Eagle

February 3, 2019 "Colour and Form: Beauty in Abstraction" - The Greylock Glass

Exhibition Statement:

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. The show explores the beauty, complexities and depth of abstract art and our continuing interest in it and how it inspires our curiosity about the reaches of our imagination.
Every piece of artwork has its own language, a visual vocabulary that gives it meaning, content and interest. The basic elements of this vocabulary are line, texture, shape, form, colour and value. You will find at least one, if not more, of these elements at work in abstract art that can exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. In a work of art, ideas, emotions and visual sensations are communicated solely through lines, shapes, colours, and textures that may have no representational significance.
Abstract art in its most simplified form, relies on the emotions of the artist and then the viewer rather than exact representation. This allows the artist unlimited freedom of expression. Abstract art has the potential to be very powerful in the way it keeps conscious distractions to a minimum. Instead of focusing on a particular image, it allows us to feel the energy in the piece. The artist may create a piece with a certain intended meaning, but it is unlikely to be viewed in exactly that way. When someone views a piece of art they take into account their past experiences, and since everyone has gone through different things in life, their interpretations will already differ. Abstraction allows us to see with our mind what we cannot see physically with our eyes. It enables the artist and viewer to perceive beyond the tangible and explore the unknown.
I believe the enduring interest in abstract art lies in its ability to inspire our curiosity about the reaches of our imagination and its potential to create something completely unique.  -  Arthur De Bow, Curator, MCLA’s Gallery 51
Kathline Carr Climbing the Fracture Zone, Oil Painting on Canvas  Dawn Nelson, Oil on Canvas
Images courtesy of the Artist: Kathline Carr "Ley Line," Oil on Canvas.        Dawn Nelson "Floating," Water-based Oil on Canvas

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