Abstract art exhibit opening reception in Walsh Gallery Jan. 23

When you walk into the Walsh Library, prepare to see many different colors and shapes among different scales and compositions. Certainly there is no discrimination here of any sort, especially in the realm of creativity.

The Walsh Gallery will present, “Simultaneity,” a travelling group exhibition, curated by artist Gabriel Phipps. The opening reception is from 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 23.

The exhibit displays the work of five artists, all of whom address some aspect of the modernist painting tradition. Cubism, Pop, Constructivism and Russian Suprematism are some of the influences captured in the artwork.

The artists include Megan Brady, Nick Lamia, Steve McCall, Phipps and Danielle Tegeder.

In each of their paintings, abstraction is key.

Gallery Directory Jeanne Brasile said Tegeder uses a Russian Constructivism influence with small, geometric shapes to convey dynamic movement and Lamia’s shapes hint at reality.

Brasile emphasizes the importance of the simultaneous tasks of the artwork, but also of those who visit the gallery.

“I think a key message of the exhibit is to encourage audiences to see the artwork as individual pieces in and of themselves-while at the same time using their proximity in the gallery to make connections between the works,” Brasile said.

Brasile said the different pieces come together as one to function symbiotically, although not in a traditional manner.

“Shown alone, the paintings may imply one thing, but shown collectively, new dialogues emerge as a result of juxtaposition within the gallery,” Brasile said.

In order for viewers to fully grasp an enriched understanding and make connections between the artwork before them, Brasile said they must actively see rather than passively look.

“For this show it is key to understand that within abstraction, there is an astounding variety of approaches and these can work together to create new meaning where it may not have existed if the paintings were not shown together,” Brasile said.

“Each person will make their own connections and relationships in a highly personal way,” Brasile said.

“There is no hegemonic way to view them and that is what I think is fantastic about this show,” Brasile said.

Michelle Foti can be reached at michelle.foti@student.shu.edu.

Author: Michelle Foti

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