Non-objective Abstract is a category full of contradictions. For an artist to create “something” that sort of looks like “nothing” there is an inherent honesty in the process that leaves its mark.
The rules do not apply and, yet, every rule is applicable. It is Zen in its very essence.
Curators Vern White and Joanne Marracci have sought to bring some of the best local and regional artists working in this genre and invited a number of representational artists to cast themselves upon the rocky shores of this wonderful and often misunderstood branch of work to see what would happen. The result is beautiful, new, and interesting……Fresh.
In the Community Gallery: Into Living Color by Chelan artist Gene Barkley
Opening reception January 14 4-8pm
Gene Barkley is a pointillist, a painter who applies small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. French painter Georges Seurat is credited with founding the technique of pointillism. It is a lengthy and tedious style that few contemporary artists use. Some of Gene’s paintings and drawings take over 100 hours to
Gene is originally from Massachusetts and spent some years living in Provincetown MA, a renowned art colony. There he felt overwhelmed by all the artists working around him and strove to find a style to call his own. There he first discovered his talent for stippling, a similar process to pointillism using small points of pigment to create an image. That led to the techniques he employs in his work today. After settling in Manson, WA Gene and his partner opened Wapato Studio Gallery and for 10 years represented important local artists. Gene shows his art in galleries nationwide.
(Artwork, Emerge by Melissa Raye-Hovee.)
DATES: Jan 14- Feb 19 LOCATION: Confluence Art Gallery, Twisp, WA CONTACT: 509-997-ARTS, www.confluencegallery.com