GAS Gallery And Studio is excited to announce its collaboration with artist and curator Joe Walentiny of Galerie Cerulean/Abstract Art Online (www.abartonline.com), to bring you this group exhibit of abstract art and imagery titled ELUSIVE IMAGERY. This art exhibit is on view from September 8 – October 6, 2012, with an Artist Reception scheduled for Saturday September 15, 2012 from 6 pm – 9 pm.
ELUSIVE IMAGERY marks the first curatorial collaboration between GAS Gallery And Studio and Joe Walentiny, and will feature works by artists Mikel Frank, Iona Kleinhaut, Ravenna Taylor, Marianne Van Lent, Janet Shapiro Walentiny and Joe Walentiny.
Some of the work in this show is directly inclusive of recognizable imagery, specifically of people and/or places. At the other end of the spectrum are purely abstract paintings that do not appear to reference anything. Regardless of the inclusion of recognizable forms, or lack thereof, all of these artists are firmly rooted in the expressive language of abstract art.
While Mikel Frank and Janet Shapiro-Walentiny make use of pictures in their pieces, these serve primarily as visual components; albeit from a subjective mindset. Marianne Van Lent’s paintings strongly suggest landscapes but indirectly from a lyrical perspective. Ravenna Taylor’s work suggests personal and somewhat interior spaces, also with a poetic emphasis. Iona Kleinhaut’s etchings are perhaps the most extremely non-figurative pieces in the show but her rendering is simultaneously universal and idiosyncratic. Joe Walentiny aims to tap into the organic order and chaos found in nature with a celebration of both.
The unifying factor for all this work is that the imagery for each artist cannot be pinned down to any single interpretation but must be understood within a holistic context. Formal elements such as color, composition and texture vary from artist to artist as does subject matter and the range of expression. In all cases, the imagery is always referential, however directly or not. In the end, what breathes life into this work is the intangibility that subsequently frees up the interpretation of what this art is and means.
Since 2010, GAS Gallery And Studio has been bringing unique and diverse art and event programming to the greater New York metropolitan area, specifically the Maplewood and South Orange communities of Northeast New Jersey, just a thirty-minute trip from New York City.