With propulsive dynamism, the artists featured in the exhibition The Verve of Abstraction conjure resonant stories of unbounded vision, energy, and shape. Ranges of teeming, robust colors as well as more subtle and understated tones and forms come together in a collection of conceptual pieces across a highly emotive dialogue.
Local New York City artist Kevin Cross employs acrylic, oil sticks, and charcoal in his revealing experimentations with materials. Cross intuitively builds layers of color on his surface and then decisively scrapes at the outermost shell of paint with a squeegee, pulling back the curtain to divulge the internal tectonics of his medium.
Alfredo Juárez creates incredibly intricate abstract work in acrylic paint with various other mixed media. Each mark is a piece of information, a symbolic standalone contributing to the larger composition.
German painter Edith Jung layers odd geometries over cool, lucid tones to produce transcendent, abstract imagery.
Ayda Mansour uses beautifully layered textures to explore her own imagination in her paintings. Originally a representational painter, and later a surrealist, Mansour has successfully transferred that discipline and eye for detail over to abstraction.
Swedish artist Linda Nilsson paints and scrapes saturated pigments into expressions of her inner self. Each acrylic work presents a view of the artist's mental state, flowing organically from an automatic, music-fueled process.
Working in a palette dominated by shades of blue, Demetra Tassiou sharply captures the qualities of air and water in her images, creating a backdrop that feels at once peaceful and powerfully dynamic.
The paintings of Shireen van Nieuwenhuyse are richly textured and quietly expressive, reminiscent of the works of Mark Rothko. Van Nieuwenhuyse considers herself an abstract expressionist, conveying her feelings and moods through the use of pigment, shadow, and light.
Experimenting with pigments and materials, Zohar Wallach adds and subtracts from each of her pieces, working with the natural tendencies of the paint, sand, or copper to form intricate patterns. Marbled color combinations emerge from Zohar's technique of peeling off layers of material by hand.
Sparse and lyrical, Liz Wilson’s abstracts are visions of motion. She describes her work as “sensory experience translated into shape and color.”