October 17 - November 27, 2015 at Artspace Warehouse:
Opening Reception Saturday, October 17, 5-7pm.
Abstract Enlightenment explores artworks in a synthesis of tradition and modernity with underlying connections between representational landscapes and ephemeral dreamscapes. The featured artists keep examining the impact of each finished painting on the wider art movement. They put society and social relations under intense scrutiny. They increase the collective impressions of art on society, adding further experiences, while the individual minds collectively gather these impressions and tranlsate them into visual equality.
Using oil paints and found objects that he builds up and scrapes away to create layered, textured compositions, Mark Acetelli depicts figures that verge on abstraction. He has explored wide-ranging, universal themes including love, loss, and notions of absence and presence. Acetelli works in a palette dominated by earth tones, which he punctuates with colorful accents. His artworks are a product of continuously building up and tearing down, layer upon layer, adding and subtracting. A visceral dance between the conscious and the unconscious until the emotion is expressed.
Atticus Adams is a sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using mostly aluminum mesh—generally found in screen doors/windows and filters—he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena. His intricate wall sculptures explore shadow and transparency in endless ways.
Ekaterina Ermilkina's highly textural oil on canvas artworks pop with color and motion, casting a candied haze across the cityscape. “I am focused on art all my life. It makes me optimistic, full of energy and happy. The vivid colors of Crimea where I grew up, the beautiful marine of the Black Sea, inspired me to paint for the rest of my life. I believe that paintings can reflect our desires for beauty, poetics and perfection.”
In his large abstract canvas paintings Paul Kirley expresses connections between representational landscapes and ephemeral dreamscape experiences. Links between the two worlds are created as a series of painted layers and gestures. The creative process of each piece presents opportunities to live fully immersed in the stories and places of our dreams.
Heny Steinberg is a Mexican artist whose work invites us to travel from the map to the localized event. She is suggesting that the spatial memory guidelines residing in the relationship between a two-dimensional space existing in a vacuum and the human territories we inhabit. Her artworks are constructed by displacement over a lattice or a diagram by way of fragmentation, union and re-fragmentation. The shapes that inhabit this multi-dimensional space possess visual values that transcend their actual representation.