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Abstraction in the Singular: Artist Talk


Bentley Gallery

215 E Grant St Phoenix AZ


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March 17, 2017 5:00pm March 17, 2017 6:00pm


Artists Jenny Hager, Alison Rash, Chris Truman, Audra Graziano, Max Presneill, Ian Pines, David Spanbock, Mark Pomilio, Bill Dambrova, and Travis Rice will be discussing key issues in abstraction that include commodification, spirituality, materiality, and the current state of art criticism in the field of non-representational painting. This talk is part of the ongoing exhibition “Abstraction in the Singular” curated by Dr. Grant Vetter.

Abstraction in the Singular is a survey of painters from the West Coast and Arizona that have had an impact on how we think about the genre of abstract art. Running counter to the New York aesthetic of what Jerry Saltz recently termed “Zombie Formalism,” we can say there is no way to lump the divergent practices of the painters that are included in Abstraction in the Singular into a particular school, trend, or ethos. By using the gestural and the geometric, the atmospheric and the iconic, the theoretical and the pleasurable in any number of hybrid ways, the artists in this survey challenge how we think about non-objective imagery as an integral set of pictorial relations. In other words, the painters included in this show ask us to engage with how the indexical quality of abstract art is intimately tied to a language of touch, tempo and transposition. Such singular qualities characterize the very best of what abstract painting has to offer us today by building on the achievements of a genre that has kept art goers captivated for well over a century. - Grant Vetter



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