ABSTRACT - STYLIZED - NATURALISTIC
The exhibition examines the processes in which artists simplify real objects in varying degrees until the representation moves away from looking naturalistic. Stylization results from the materials used in the artwork as well as the artist’s conscious decision to emphasize one feature of an object more than another. Working from a realistic image toward an abstraction expresses the visual world in a simplified, reduced and fragmented direction. The degree of abstraction serves as a clue to the artist's individual style. Recognizing the degree of abstraction and the reasons for abstraction is the key to understanding the artist's goals and meaning. Many of these artworks include naturalistic as well as idealized concepts while there often is an abstract quality to the execution of the artist’s ideas.
Kate deLigne's use of malleable reflective materials in her photographs portrays the melding of technology and nature. She examines the power of nature in contrast with the distorted reflections derived from the man-made materials is the heart of the artwork.
Brenda Holzke reflects the struggle between creative expression and conformity though her art. Creative expression allows her the freedom to not fit in. Her materials dictate the direction and energy expressed. A continuous thread throughout her work is the marriage between color, pattern and texture
Shauna La's artworks express exploration and movement. Dreams, colors, tactile sensation, taste, and smells all blend together into a fantastic maelstrom that inspires her to create multi-layered paintings. She utilize paint, pastels, and charcoal to explore the hidden realms of thought and emotion, expressing herself without any inhibitions.
Los Angeles artist Ron Piller takes his inspirations from travelling extensively all his life. He has been fortunate to visit many beautiful and fascinating countries including India, Vietnam and most recently Cuba. Ron notes “every dilapidated building and car is an inspiration and feast for the eye.” His series of geometric abstractions consist of conversations between colors in a defined space yet at the same time the infinite. The geometric shape tries to contain the colors, but the colors demand, emerge, transform and dazzle.
Ross Tamlin's signature corrugated iron paintings combine traditional art genres including still-life and landscape along with graphic art, representing a synthesis of art and function. Incorporating the aesthetics of modern industrial technique, his photorealistic compositions are created by layers of paint and varnish.
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