Detroit Artists Market


May 1 – May 30, 2015

ABSTRACTION: Artist|Viewer|Dialog explores Abstraction and the essence of the art for art’s sake. Abstraction, sprouting from seeds such as Whistler’s “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket”, and further developing in the early years of the twentieth century, finds its first formal expression in Cubism and Russian Constructivism. It quickly evolved into many directions; Futurism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, the Bauhaus School, abstract and lyrical expressionism, Minimalism, Color Field painting, and Op art.

Forms became bombastic and emotive, structured and disciplined, minimal and meditative. In an age when contemporary society bombards us with a multitude of images daily, often drawing from us quick impulse responses, abstraction takes a different course. The intent of the visual output is not often readily apparent and the viewer is required to use intellect and reasoning; having to draw from their own experience to make a connection with the artwork.

“Abstraction is improvisational with layers of meaning and a search for truth,” says Lester Johnson, a Detroit artist, former CCS professor, and juror of the group exhibition. “A search for self- awareness. A lyrical blending of connected memory and interpretive thoughts. Listening to your inner voice makes abstraction your reality.”

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