Inspired by artist Arshile Gorky’s quotes about abstraction-“abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes” and “it is an exploration into unknown areas”- Keep Contemporary’s owner and curator Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo presents the “Second Annual Abstract Invitational (Beyond the Veil),” which opens at the gallery’s 112 West San Francisco Street location on June 15.
“The invited artists explore the art of abstraction through various media, styles and techniques,” Trujillo says.
Santa Fe artist Anna Booth is interested in conveying how a calligraphic line can express emotion and personality through her abstract drawings and paintings.
“I fell in love with my first fountain pen when I was nine years old and studied calligraphy as a teenager,” she explains. “Lately, while I’ve been looking through old family documents dating back as early as 1806, I’m captivated by the emotion I can see within the curves of the lines that suggest the movement of the hand that made it, written by people who in some way live within me. It is that subtle gesture which describes a unique and authentic voice that interests me.”
Colorado abstract painter Stanley Bell, on the other hand, focuses on visualizing what energy looks like when he observes everything from clouds in the sky to his interactions with people.
A resident of the small town of Carbondale for the past 15 years, Bell comes from an advertising and design background that influences his current body of work.
“My work intermixes hallucinatory fragments of my urban landscape upbringing with the surrounding atmosphere and environment in Carbondale,” explains Bell, who incorporates spray paint, pen and ink, acrylics and images from comic books and design magazines into his work. “More recently, these paintings have taken the form of detailed, colorful, microscopic visions of the energy amidst clouds and buildings as I attempt to describe energy physically, graphically and symbolically.”
Among the show’s other participating artists are Lea Anderson, Zac “Wonky” Hyde, Marina Brownlow, Jeffrey Perren, Sergio Moyano, Lori Swartz and Richard Fenker. My work is also in the show.