Current exhibition

   
David Brody, "Blue Circle Gridded Room", 2014, archival inkjet print, 20 x 20" image

David Brody, "Blue Circle Gridded Room", 2014, archival inkjet print, 20 x 20" image

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Robert Perlman, "Number 2", 1993, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22"

Robert Perlman, "Number 2", 1993, acrylic with collage on paper, 30 x 22"

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid", pencil and ink on paper, 30 x 30" im., 36 x 36" fr.

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid 30 x 30", pencil and ink on paper, 36 x 36" image

David Brody, "Green Pattern Room with Diamond", 2014, 20" x 20"

David Brody, "Green Pattern Room with Diamond", 2014, 20" x 20"

Robert Perlman, "Number 9", 2014, acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"

Robert Perlman, "Number 9", 2014, acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Chris Watts, "Four Triangles, Link, Horizontal Grid, 30 x 30", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

Chris Watts, "Four Triangles, Link, Horizontal, Grid 30 x 30", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

Robert Perlman, "Number 9", 1996, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22"

Robert Perlman, "Number 9", 1996, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22"

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

David Brody, "Circle Gridded Room with Geometric Solids", 2014, 20 x 20"

David Brody, "Circle Gridded Room with Geometric Solids", 2014, 20 x 20"

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid 26 x 26", pencil and ink on paper, 36 x 36" image

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid 26 x 26", pencil and ink on paper, 36 x 36" image

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Robert Perlman, "Number 4", 2011, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30"

Robert Perlman, "Number 4", 2011, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30"

David Brody, "Violet Pattern Room with Diamond", 2014, 20 x 20"

David Brody, "Violet Pattern Room with Diamond", 2014, 20 x 20"

Chris Watts, "Five Triangles, Link, Horizontal Grid, 27 x 27", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

Chris Watts, "Five Triangles, Link, Horizontal, Grid 27 x 27", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

David Brody, "Plaid Room with Diamond 02", 2014, 20 x 20"

David Brody, "Plaid Room with Diamond 02", 2014, 20 x 20"

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid 28 x 28", pencil and ink on paper, 36 x 36" image

Chris Watts, "Linear Link, Two Spirals, Grid 28 x 28", pencil and ink on paper, 36 x 36" image

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Robert Perlman, "Number 6", 2014, acrylic on paper, 16 x 12"

Robert Perlman, "Number 6", 2014, acrylic on paper, 16 x 12"

David Brody, "Plaid Room with Diamond #1", 2014, archival digital print, 20 x 20"

David Brody, "Plaid Room with Diamond #1", 2014, archival digital print, 20 x 20"

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Chris Watts, "Six Triangles, Link, Horizontal Grid, 24 x 24", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

Chris Watts, "Six Triangles, Link, Horizontal, Grid 24 x 24", 2013, acrylic & pencil on paper, 36 x 36" image

Robert Perlman, "Number 6", 2009, acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"

Robert Perlman, "Number 6", 2009, acrylic on paper, 12 x 16"

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

"Geometric Abstraction" installation

About "Geometric Abstraction", February 21 - March 28, 2015

"Geometric Abstraction" installation
"Geometric Abstraction" installation

Geometric Abstraction has been around since the early 20th century, Malevich and Kandinsky being among the foremost early proponents with Mondrian, Hofmann, and Albers coming along a couple decades later. Initially art theorists of the time described the movement as a rejection of the illusionism of Western Art: the artists acknowledging and emphasizing the two-dimensionality of paintings (paintings are after all, flat) while denying the three-dimensional illusion.

 

Well, that is true up to a point; however, works may certainly have considerable three-dimensional illusionistic space. What these early proponents did do, and this is a significant contribution, is remove recognizable subject matter as the central concern of their illusion.

 

The removal of recognizable subject matter, a singular act by the Geometric Abstractionists, made non-representational painting part of the visual canon of modern art. The impact on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries has been enormous.

 

In terms of the expressive power of a work, those artists who use Geometric Abstraction and other non-objective approaches are at a considerable disadvantage. This disadvantage occurs because, in terms of subjective expressive potential, nothing comes close to the human image (and other things human).

 

So, operating with this handicap, non-objective artists must get their expressive punch by evoking responses from the viewer much the way composers and musicians do with their musical compositions and performances. Those looking for subjective expression in the work doesn't need it though, it will stand on its formal relationships alone.

 

The artists included in the exhibition are David Brody, Robert Perlman, Chris Watts

 

Opening reception: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2 - 4 pm