October 6, 2013

"Abstraction is not a cul-de-sac"

"Out of Step," opens on Tuesday, October 8, at the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery on the campus of New Jersey City University. Curated by Brendan Carroll, and including my work, the show presents an informal survey of current practices in abstract painting. I stopped by for a preview on Saturday and snapped a few jpegs.

My painting, Blue Addition, 2012, in "Out of Step." Housepaint, pigment and binder, pencil on canvas. 66 x 80 inches.

"The artists may vary in style, subject matter, temperament, and conceptual framework, but they are unified by their no-nonsense approach to painting," Carroll writes in his statement for the show. "Most of the work on view presents simple geometric shapes that are executed in broad expanses of pure color. From cerebral to laid-back, the artists explore line, value, color, and texture in their compositions. Despite the works' superficial differences, each piece, however minimal, reveals the touch of the artist’s hand. For the artists in the show, paint is a means to an end, not the end. Abstraction, likewise, is not a cul-de-sac, but a living, breathing means of visual communication."

Artists include Sharon Butler (that's me), Mark Dagley, Enrico Gomez, Tom McGlynn, Gary Petersen, Kati Vilim, and Sara Wolfe. 

Sara Wolfe

 Tom McGlynn

Kati Vilim

Mark Dagley

Enrico Gomez

 Gary Petersen

"Out of Step," curated by Brendan Caroll, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. Through November 7, 2013.

NOTE: High-res images and info sheet for my paintings in "Out of Step" are available here.