Semi-Natural


December 5, 2009 – March 21, 2010

Perkins Gallery

Abstraction is a challenging concept. Unlike “non-representational” or “non-objective” art, ‘”abstract” art begins with and maintains a connection to nature. Oftentimes, we are so familiar with subjects, particularly natural and man-made elements, we see only banal objects. Through abstraction, one’s attention is focused on the components — the lines, colors, and shapes — that join together to form each subject and image.

Much like the satisfaction of completing a jigsaw puzzle, one can more deeply appreciate a work of art after learning to appreciate each element and the ways in which these elements interact. Artist Ted Waddell shows us cattle in a landscape, not as distinct realist figures but as expressive marks which are part of the landscape; Donald Sultan directs our attention to flowers as shapes in black and white not as a floral bouquet; Henri Matisse draws a face with simple lines expressing what a face is not representing a specific person; sculptor Scott causey shows us a rabbit as a humorous patterned action figure.

This exhibition presents a variety of artwork from the permanent collection that is abstracted from nature in a variety of ways and to different degrees. Each piece challenges you to understand and appreciate the visual language’s expressive potential and variety, not just the final product.

ANNUAL EXHIBITION FUND SPONSORS:

  • Cowles Charitable Trust
  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • Mark & Lynn Hollis
  • Ron and Becky Johnson
  • The Reitzel Foundation
  • BCI Engineers & Scientists
  • Eunice Lee Fuller Fund
  • Summit Consulting, Inc.

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