Artist Talk: Towards a 21st Century AbstractionWith Artists, Brad Ellis and Connie Connally
May 19, 2022, 6-7 pm
Abstract art has been a viable form of visual creation for over a hundred years. Its meanings and manifestations have multiplied over those years, resisting or avoiding the whims of fashion to provide artists an increasingly vast range of language and meaning. Why, then, do we worry about – or, alternatively, glibly dismiss – the survival of abstract art? Is abstraction dead? Is it die-able? Does abstract art need to be defended at this point, or simply re-averred? And in either case, by whom? A group of artists from around the country, brought together by their common dedication to the practice of image- and composition-based abstraction (in this case entirely within two-dimensional media), defines itself not by what its members do or why they do it, but what factors maintain their commonality and how they feel they struggle – or do not need to struggle – to participate in what has become a global discourse in art.
Works by David Bailin, Connie Connally, Brad Ellis, Jeri Ledbetter, Katherine Chang Liu, Sammy Peters, and Wosene Worke Kosrof
On View through May 28, 2022