“Millennial Abstractions” is a contemporary survey of approximately 80 large-scale transformative paintings, rich in color and textures, by artists from the Los Angeles and San Francisco regions.
Since the start of the new millennium, many artists have responded to the horrors of 9/11, the Iraq War, and the life-changing impacts of climate change with a fragmented, dissociative, deconstructed focus in both painting and sculpture. The work included in this exhibit, however, is more vibrant and evocative than abstractions we have seen in the past. The artists' choice of color, form, shapes, and mark making are transformational and inspiring in the deepest sense.
Abstractions are seductive and evocative and invite contemplation and reverie. In the liminal space of an abstract work of art, our perceptions are free flowing and transitional. We know the world is changing and growing rapidly, with seven billion people and counting. How we respond to these changes and cope with them can be supported by art that makes room for our deepest cultural and personal concerns.
The artists in this exhibition share a sense of authenticity, surrender, and fearlessness that embolden viewers of their work to be inspired in an external way rather than through introspection.