Abstract art began in the 19th century as a way for artists to explore visual perception, texture, and how these mechanical aspects of painting expressed and explored the internal of both the artist and the viewer. Directly opposing the absolute of form, the abstract artist looks more towards the suggestion of a visual unknown, the strength of an undefined form, the direction of line, and the application of paint to increase emotional response from the viewer.
All the works in the exhibition rely on the viewer and how the viewer approaches the canvas, or paper and how the viewer gains access into the work - one of the main characteristics of abstraction - and it is an entrance uncontrolled by realism.
The Intentions Behind Quilting
Historically, the practice of quilting evolved from a material need—warmth—as well as an emotional need to tell
stories and, to a certain degree, to obtain a sense of immortality through remembrance. As Aunt Jane says: today, the
material need really no longer drives the artist toward this practice, but the need to tell stories is still very much the
force behind the quilt. The process of quilting involves taking many different fabric and thread segments, arranging
and making them into one complete whole, so it becomes the epitome of harmoniously unifying the different
elements of life. As quilts become a platform on which to preach about what is happening in our world, and in so
doing become the lesson board from which we should learn, they come to reflect a place of warmth and protection
within which we can stride forward to enact change together.
Angela Costanzo ParisAmerican artist
Angela Costanzo Paris, presents another type of abstraction in that her works are often defined through line offering a myriad of interpretations, arguing that no one answer is the correct one, but instead the interpretation is left to the viewer to experience and define. Using a soothing palette, Paris expresses and offers depth, angles, and pathways to be understood as they appear to the viewer.
Works by Angela Costanzo Paris
Tatana KellnerCzech artist
Tatana Kellner, still dwelling in the realm of the abstract incorporates suggestive shapes that lead the viewer towards often playful interpretations on the view she presents. Creating views of abstraction, she appears to play between the real and the abstract, suggesting that nothing really falls into a static deﬁnition, but that all definitions fluctuate because of the viewer and what the viewer brings to the canvas.
Works by Tatana Kellner
Curated by Melanie Prapopoulos.