THE FIGURATIVE PLACE (2013-14)
The Figurative Place: 2013-14
Opening date: Thurs. Sept. 19th 5-8, 2013
Closing date: Jan. 21st, 2014
Maralyn Adlin, Cara DeAngelis, Kim Raisbeck
“To portray the human form and real life objects, one has to commit to a level of painting techniques.”
Since the arrival of abstract art (at least in recorded history) the term figurative has been used to refer to any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world. It could be argued that every kind of art is abstracted in some way or another. It’s only a matter of degree. “Representational art” refers to an element of the real world that can be described as “stylized”. Basic elements of art; line, color, form, and the physicality of the human form, the dynamism of movement must convey a part of human essence. These artists are examples of excellence in rendering human form and their surroundings.
The setting is also an important element in painting. The figurative place also implies the tools of perspective that an artist employs to make atmosphere in the picture plane. You could even go so far as call it “home or setting” for the main subject to be placed in. Each painter has a different take of the surrounding elements of the picture -plane. Some imagined, some decorative, but all compelling and integral in finding meaning within the composition.
Peter Konsterlie, Curator