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Contemporary Abstraction

A Group Show

 

Maxey Andress, Clem Bedwell, Jean Glenn, Petro Lebedynets, Yasharel Manzy, Melissa Mason,Kimo Minton, Richard Olsen,  Eric Reinemann, Whitney Wood Bailey

Opening Friday, May 2

 

Whitney Wood Bailey

 

 

Kimo Minton

 

  

Jean Glenn

 

Richard Olsen


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information Contact

Jules Bekker 404.869.0511

jules@tewgalleries.com

Contemporary Abstraction:  Group Exhibition

Opens May 2nd:  Through June 9, 2014

TEW Galleries’ exhibition Contemporary Abstraction features works by ten artists; Maxey Andress, Clem Bedwell, Jean Glenn, Petro Lebedynets, Yasharel Manzy, Melissa Mason, Kimo Minton, Richard Olsen, Eric Reinemann and Whitney Wood.

The process of abstraction takes the form of a conscious search for a characteristic that forms the essential kernel, or truth, within a concept or an object. Abstraction; then, becomes the essence of something; apart from its physicality. It can take the form of a distillation of a physical object, or element, or stem from something visionary and have no reference to, or basis in, reality.

All ten artists bring their own visual language to the exhibition and the only real linking factor is the passion and energy which each finds in the work they do. We hope you will find the time to come by and experience the depth of this show.

Maxey Andress’ mixed media abstract works on wood and paper bring strong color and a masculine energy to the show. His structural panels carry a sense of nostalgia for the sixties and seventies, but, with its reflection upon both technology and nature, this body of work is based strongly within our current times.

Clem Bedwell has been showing with TEW since 2007. Bedwell’s paintings are inspired by nature, but take the form of highly abstracted statements of light and shadow. His use of color tends to pull from the harmonies and dramas inherent in the atmosphere but it is in the taught balancing of light and dark that these works find their visual vibration and affirming energies.

Jean Glenn’s polychrome abstract paintings are reminiscent of densely populated urban or cellular environments. Her tightly woven marks and complex color combinations form into surfaces both highly detailed & painterly. The viewer’s relationship to these paintings becomes increasingly intense as, on closer approach, the surfaces draw the eye in to an ever tighter contemplation of the work.

Petro Lebedynets:  The forceful and lyrical abstract paintings of Lebedynets’ first exhibition will astound.  Covering his canvases with brightly colored, heavily textured, thick, opaque oils; Lebedynets’ paintings glow like the moon.  Lebedynets believes that color is perceived through intuition and that only through the refinement of consciousness do we reach higher into the non-material essence of matter.   Through his unique painting process he makes this more accessible to us because his luminous hues recall our identification with the heavens and the seas.  Lebedynets, like Hai, creates pictures that require our participation, but having given us everything necessary to want to conjure up our own conclusions, this makes them complete and universes unto themselves. 

 

Melissa Mason is passionate about the bold forms and lyrical lines of equines. Her paintings take from the essence of these animals, often on a large scale. The essential shapes or lines of movement that she sees in her subjects are mapped out with loose brush marks on canvas allowing us to feel the power of the horse rather than being treated to an anatomical likeness. These works are formally as much about surface, mark, color and gesture as they are about the animal they represent, but they retain that indelible spirit of the creature in much the same sense as that captured by prehistoric cave artists of Europe and Africa.

Kimo Minton shows new polychrome woodcut panels. These works form a powerful ethnographic commentary that draws intuitively on woodcut techniques that have been in use for centuries. What sets this artist apart from others is both the unusual technique and the highly personal visual narrative that Minton has developed. Minton scores, gouges, cuts and sands to create sensual painted surfaces overlying the ‘bones’ of the carving beneath. These works, while abstract in nature, are deeply rooted in the human condition. The lyrical use of line and shape juxtaposed with strong areas of color bisected with delicate cut marks creates works that are as interesting close up as they are viewed from afar.

 

Richard Olsen; a retired art professor from the University of Georgia, came to notice after the Vietnam War when he translated his experiences into large scale abstract paintings that dealt with the concepts of transforming personal experience into a partitioned and segmented series of colors, images and shapes that either resonated with, or visually charged adjacent areas. More recently, Olsen has transformed his focus into something more organic and sensual while still maintaining his fascination with geometric abstraction. An embedded expressionistic narrative runs like a thread throughout his works, which use as subject, the walls of his studio, and the canvases stacked against, or hanging on it.

 

Whitney Wood Bailey explores themes of a metaphysical nature such as how design and orchestration within nature affects our consciousness. The dramatic large scale mixed media works on paper have all the verve and energy of Wood-Bailey’s canvasses but the moments of happenstance – a random spattering of inks and the fading values of layering water based paint on paper adds a quality of immediacy and intimacy, as if you can actually see the artist at work. The artist, who did her MFA at SCAD Atlanta, now works and lives in New York.

 

 

Opening reception: 6.00 – 9.00 p.m.  Friday May 2nd, 2014