Extravagant Chemistry, Anatomies of Painting
On View Thursday November 3, 2022– Sunday Jan 15, 2023
Reception Sunday, Nov 6, 2-4:00 pm
Delivery of artwork Sunday 23, 1-4
Contemporary artists make sense of and understand the world while tethered to our fast pace of life, a local and global community, as well as ever-changing technology. As you would expect, these complexities force artists to either embrace or avoid present-day life styles and this is reflected in their artwork.
When surveying regional contemporary painters a lively community is discovered, filled with sweeping, complex attitudes that range from those who maintain tradition to those who challenge it. This has certainly put the idea that “painting is dead” to rest. We are at a moment in time when artists are extending practices with twists in content, use of complex materials, shifting styles, or efforts to push the idea of painting further than and beyond the long-established conventions.
Extravagant Chemistry, Anatomies of Painting is an exhibit that presents artworks where the artists’ use of materials is either simplified or complicated all exposing fascinating chemistries and distinctive use of materials. Some of these paintings are created with thin layering or unexpected color, and others are heavy with impasto or a combination of paint and the addition of other substances.
The exhibit also showcases works that oppose the ideas of conventional content. These paintings are breaking out of the confines of the traditional rectangle frame expanding into three-dimensional space. This changes the expected structure, organization, and the anatomy of the image.
Since paintings are treasured and seemingly important objects to many, Extravagant Chemistry, Anatomies of Painting gives the viewer the opportunity to see the explorations that some regional artists are immersed in when creating a painting.