Louder Than Bombs: Reductive Abstraction in the Midst of Dark Times is an exhibition of paintings by artists from the US, China and Canada. Curated by Douglas Witmer, he writes:
“Reductive abstraction” is often viewed as reflecting a kind of detached purity.
If purity indeed existed in abstraction of the past, it exists no longer.
It cannot, because purity is not available in our world.
Reductive abstraction is not abstract, either.
The goal of abstract art is a new reality.
REMNANTS is an exhibition of work by Susan Byrnes, Kate Kern, Christina Pereyma and Francis Schanberger at the Dayton Visual Arts Centre through August 13, 2016. Curated by Eileen Carr, she wrote: “In this exhibition, four artists wrestle with life’s left-overs, creating new work out of objects, memories and dreams once cast aside.”
In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and energetic, this practice continues to inspire artists, including many in the Dayton region.
Oil paintings and charcoal sketches lined the long walls of Dutoit Gallery in May’s exhibition “Jean Koeller, Inside and Out.” The exhibition documented the process, thoughts and results of the artist’s recent landscapes and related still lifes. Meditations in color relationships, shapes, pattern and lines connect Koeller’s groupings of seascapes, wood piles, and air studies.
This month, Front Street Warehouse welcomed the new exhibition space Dutoit Gallery. With a membership of 28 Dayton-based artists, Dutoit will feature a wide range of perspectives in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media.
Jimi Jone’s large-scale paintings dominate the curved gallery walls at the Springfield Museum of Art. Jones is a master of figurative work, representing pop-culture, political and religious portraiture.