Inhabiting the Square
April 30 - May 30
We posed the question:
how to inhabit the square?
As we began to explore this topic subsequent questions arose: What challenges arise in the square? How do we initiate the work? From what direction does one enter the square?
We explored these questions through a visual conversation, which sparked a complimentary verbal conversation. Initially we confronted the square separately. After sharing our initial images, we began a methodical conversation. Where by Ree responded to Liz’s image then Liz responded to that response and so on. This resulted in an exploration of the square that was continually guided by each artist’s respective statements in color and shape.
It is our hope that the viewer gains, through our visual and verbal conversation a greater understanding of abstract art. We have included a definition of Abstraction to start you on your way.
Webster’s definition of Abstract (adjective):
1. dealing with or expressing a quality or idea <the book deals with abstract matters such as honesty and integrity on the job as well as practical subjects such as asking for a raise>
2. using elements of form (as color, line, or texture) with little or no attempt at creating a realistic picture <Cubism is a style of abstract art in which natural forms are broken up into geometric shapes>
Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world — even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process.
—About.com Art History
This is a definition, but what does it mean to us as viewers? Through this exhibit go behind the scenes; experience the insights and questions that arise.
Please view the exhibit by following the numbered sequence and enjoy.
Ree Katrak Liz Wilson