A new and unique abstract painting exhibit is coming to University of La Verne’s Harris Art Gallery, showcasing the far reach of contemporary visual culture on art.
The Pictures of Everything exhibit is a nod to Kirk Varnedoe’s Mellon Lecture Series, Pictures of Nothing, given at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2003. It features the work of Phil Argent, Karl Benjamin, Sarah Cain, Jane Callister, Frederick Hammersley, Allison Miller, Sandeep Mukherjee, Oliver Sutter, David Reed and Feodor Voronov,
In the exhibit, the word ‘everything’ is not a catchall term that signals a dilution of painting styles or concepts.
Instead, it triumphantly denotes a pervasive expanse, and presents a range of artists with a wide range of ideas and practices. Benjamin and Hammersley, pioneers of the Southern California Hard Edge movement, explore flat planes of color in crisp symmetrical compositions. Argent, Mukherjee and Voronov harness the energy of spatial dynamics and surface tension.
Reed’s smooth waveforms and the explosive spills of Callister emphasize gesture and motion. Cain, Miller and Sutter utilize pattern and structure as the essential elements of their work.
The unique collection of paintings fill the Harris Art Gallery space with color, texture, use of pattern, light, and space, embracing its title Pictures of Everything, and the expanse that it entails.
When: Sept. 2 to Oct. 30, 2014. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Reception: Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Harris Art Gallery, located in the Landis Academic Center at the University of La Verne.
1950 Third St., La Verne, Calif.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Details: Ten artists collaborate in Pictures of Everything, an abstract painting exhibition.
Contacts: Dion Johnson, Director of University Art Galleries, University of La Verne, (909) 593-3511 ext. 4383, firstname.lastname@example.org.