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May 2, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Elusive Abstraction is an exhibition of artwork that uses spare visual languages and encourages a visual experience that is fluid and rests on the periphery of rigid formal abstraction. Each artist in the show creates their unique visual language that evolve from a deep commitment to their artistic process, as well as an investigation into the subtle formal relations between mark, paint, and surface in their work. Peter Demos’ hard-edge black on black paintings wrestle with a spatial illusion that fluctuates between images and objects. Katherine Keltner explores repetition and universality, oscillating between using digital and analog tools to construct abstract images. Her works involve the ritual of tracing and embrace blurred distinctions of subject and other. Alexandra Posen’s use of luscious materials like wax and chiffon silk evoke a sensual corporeality. She employs signature couture fashion techniques to form elegant lines and gestures in her translucent silk works creating presence and absence. Albert Sunjoon Weaver’s paintings and drawings are a meditation on water, waves, surfing, and satellite imaging of ocean tide patterns. His surfaces are woven together in repeated gestures in a quest to extrapolate the essence of a distilled mark within these layers of oceanic contemplation.
The four artists presented in Elusive Abstraction suggest new and exciting territory for contemporary abstraction. The overriding compositional approaches of these works make their description slippery and harder to grasp. While the prevailing tone of this show is both subdued and understated, there is a distinct boldness in how inventive and pioneering the formal logic and compositional rules that these four artists work with. As a result, a visual ambience is created by all of the works in this show as they move between an analytical logical construct and the viewer’s aesthetic experience.