Exhibitions

THE NOTION OF MOTION

Group Exhibit

March 20 - April 26, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 20, 2015  6-9PM

Movement is one of the nine principals of art that every art student learns during their first-year fundamentals course.  By utilizing elements such as pattern, contrast, and line, the artist controls the viewer’s eye and dictates its route throughout a work of art. Movement becomes crucial to the success or failure of an artwork.   But how is movement interpreted?

“The Notion of Motion” is a collection of work by artists who were challenged to depict movement—and a varied response of subject matter and media was received.  Interestingly, this exhibition largely reflects two art movements in our recent history: Abstract Expressionism and Op Art.

Abstract Expressionism is rooted in process and places emphasis on dynamic, gestural movement.  Exhibiting artists Kathy Roman, Stephen Ursino, and Eve Ozer would have felt at home within The New York School.  Ozer is a self-described “frustrated choreographer,” but has a powerful love of free dance.  She is in constant motion as she works.  “There is a perfect synergy of the energy I feel in the music and the flow of paint across the paper—sometimes lyrical, sometimes frenetic.” A frenzied spat of movement must have yielded her piece “I Hear You.”

Op Art (or Optical Art) is a dynamic form of abstraction that gained popularity in the 1960s.  Op art relies on the illusion of movement achieved by discordant figure ground relationships. It challenges the viewer’s expectations by creating a perception of movement that confuses and excites the eye.  Judith Gries’ works “Dizzy I” and “Dizzy II” channel well-known op-artist Bridget Riley.  Gries’ utilizes black and white pattern and line that gives the surface a vibrating sensation.  These pieces are suspended like mobiles, further intensifying the “dizzying” effect.

 “The Notion of Motion” doesn’t only present abstracted concepts of motion.  Photographers David Mayhew, Kathryn Scott, and duo Shirley Nannini and Candace Wark use their lenses to capture physical movement. Mayhew recently returned from a trip to Iceland.  His works “Crash” and “Ship to Shore” portray moments of intense power and serene calm from an otherworldly landscape.

Featured Artists:

L. Lee Junge, David Mayhew, Audry Cramblit, Judith Gries, Barbara Eberhard, Eve Ozer, Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Robin Monique Rios, Kathryn Scott, Natasha Kohli, Kristi Sloniger, Shirley Nannini and Candace Wark, Kathy Roman, Evan Ishmael, Stephen Ursino and Brian Morgan



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