Abstract Tapestry

Participants for the project were invited by other artist in the show. Initially starting with three artists, I asked them to invite other abstract painters – whose work they found relevant and thought provoking, and with whom they would like to share the gallery walls. Of course this line of the invitations, from artist to artist, could be endless. The ones in this exhibition are the first link in a chain that I envision extending over annual shows – in the US and abroad including New York, Budapest (Hungary) and Chennai (India).

Although the exhibition focuses on abstract with traditional materials, the outcome is very eclectic and technically nuanced, creating a rare occasion to observe the diverse state of abstract painting today and helps trace the lines of influence from early abstract experiments through pop-art into our digital age.

Today, the spectrum of themes have become broader and more nuanced, broken down to smaller elements of existence, such as the invisible mechanism and motions in nature in Dora Tomulic’s swirling works or the observations of the geological in Nathalie Guarrachino’s layered, dark paintings. Romvári Márton draws inspiration from the fourth state of matter – plasma. His preoccupation in his art is to create the illusion of depth by manipulating the relationship between light, shadow and color.

The art in this exhibition also suggests that while the time of big ideological subtexts may be over, global economic tensions are still very present. The art of Ana de La Cueva, for example, investigates notions of territoriality, transit and limits. Her paintings specifically explore issues related to the economic, political and cultural relations between Mexico and the United States.

Other works in the exhibition, including those by Kati Vilim, operate within their own structural visual language without any external concerns. Despite the absence of narration, Vilim’s hard-edged geometric abstraction conveys meaning through the rhythm of her colors and forms. Franklin Perkins works with the properties of graphic art, such as advertisement, posters and block prints, and through variations on those forms he builds a plastic language.