1500 N. Verdugo Rd, In Library, Glendale , CA 91208
Unite! Curated by Nancy Chaikin
at the Glendale College Art gallery, is a refreshing exhibition that provides
a purely pleasurable and visually enriching experience. The exquisitely
installed and thoughtful show of 13 artists successfully reveals the
thriving nature of contemporary abstraction. Diverse in origin, generation, and
gender, the artists' works in this show display a magnetic mixture of boldness
and restraint, poetry and prose, an attention to formal concerns and conceptual
“Strange Mountain” a piece that consists of a picture frame with fabric wrapped
around all but its bottom edge, keeps the viewer in a continued state of
suspension. His work draws parallels to the subtle wonderment and slight nature
of a Richard Tuttle.
sculpture provides all of the elements to make a three dimensional piece
exceptional; sophisticated color, verve and dynamism. Max Janson’s quiet,
contemplative paintings provide a moment of pause as they slow down the tempo
79 year old
Belgian artist Raoul De Keyser’s painting “Cage” acts as a gorgeous Rorschach
test. This work reveals itself slowly, and allows one to witness the
forms unfold and experience this paintings' subtle and magical surface.
elegant collages function as a great reminder that geometry beholds its own
“Tic, Tac, Toe” the centerpiece of the show is an extraordinary display of a
maestro at work. This bold red and white checkerboard painting
truly delivers a raw power and energy.
Keiswetter’s bronze serves as a visual reincarnation of the free-flowing,
funky nature of jazz. Mary Weartherford’s small abstract painting
acts as a portal into an obscure landscape. Rebecca Morris, Scott Olson
and Richard Aldrich’s worked surfaces reveal the act of painting as an arena
for process and alchemic experimentation. Josh Smith’s surly
offhanded palette painting is both conceptually rigorous and tasty to the eyes.
The show articulates
a number of visual themes that the viewer can savor. But ultimately the success
of Abstractionists Unite! is its ability to allow the audience to draw
their own conclusions and connections, and indulge in the pleasure of looking.
It is a window into the world of abstraction as one of restless
experimentation, growth, and continued vitality.