As we approach the 100th anniversary of abstract and non-objective painting, it seems a particularly apt time to reflect upon the work being done today. The abstract epoch finds its roots in the Romantic painting innovations of the Impressionist and Expressionists with other early influences including mysticism and scientific color theory. It soon progressed through Concrete art and geometric abstraction followed by Abstract Expressionism, monochrome abstractions, Op art, Minimalism and right up to the so called death of painting in the late 60’s and early 70’s with the dematerialization of the art object. However, painting never died and looking at the plethora of exciting paintings today, it’s silly to think some had already written its obituary.
Curated by Kelly Rauer and Mack McFarland, Morph/Shift looks at 14 Portland artists who are working within the realm of abstract and non-objective painting. Among this new guard of innovative and rigorous painters, the artistic approaches vary from process-driven minimalist gestures, conceptual abstractions and traditional notions of “to abstract”, with each artist pressing for a new understanding.
The exhibition is on view August 30-September 26 in the Swigert Commons of the PNCA Main Campus Building. An opening reception will take place September 2 at 6 pm.
Featured Artists: Timothy Scott Dalbow, Jesse Durost, Jacqueline Ehlis, Alex Felton & Kevin Abell, Derek Franklin, Matt Green, Midori Hirose, Lindsay Kennedy, Ruth Lantz, Meg Peterson, Blair Saxon-Hill, Alex Steckly, Bradley Streeper.