The premise of BY HAND extends directly from Carrie Secrist Gallery’s foundational commitment to presenting artwork where the artist’s skilled hand is prevalent. This particular group of artists assembles, crafts, paints and draws in ways which emphasize that this part of the creative process is imperative to the execution of their work. In some cases this intent may be very evident, and in others less so.
BY HAND also explores the relationship between two traditional art concepts: figurative and representational. By definition, figurative refers to art that has a direct reference to the real world and most commonly, though not always, the human figure. Representational art refers to images that are perceived for what they purport to be and in essence contain an element of reality. The elasticity that exists between these two definitions stretches around what they are not, namely abstract (non-representational) or non-objective art. Images that are commonly recognizable and derived from actual objects or reality (the human face, a feather, a living room) must still rely on the viewer to interpret them in a manner that best relates to his or her own experience. Ultimately, it is the concept of clarity seen through the lens of perception that defines the artwork included in BY HAND.
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