Three Kinds of Order: Intersections in Abstraction
Curated by Michael Anthony García
At Dougherty Arts Center
Thru September 22
Three Kinds of Order: Intersections in Abstraction displays three women artists all working in the style of abstraction. Each of the artist’s work is completely disparate from the other but somehow analogous when shown together. Michael Anthony García, the curator of the exhibit, nicely highlights the differences in the artworks by showing them side-by-side. He is setting up a dialogue between these artists that creates a gravitational push-and-pull effect in the space.
The works by Rebecca Harrell and Alexandra Robinson are more controlled with intentional points of start and stop. Both artists allowed for my eye to take a contemplative rest while examining them which I appreciated. Harrel’s works on paper made me think of architectural designs by Frank Gehry with their sharp edges and cubist exaggerations. Whereas, Robinson’s artworks remind me of a long extinct writing system with its repetitive markings and patterns.
On the other end of the abstract spectrum is Naomi Schlinke’s ink on paper paintings. I found Schlinke’s works to be quite captivating with their densely populated planes filled with bold color and even bolder strokes. Movement is layered and varied creating an expressive emotional force that enraptured me. The large size of the work further aided in pulling me in so I felt sublimely engulfed by the paintings.
Each of these women are confronting abstraction on their own terms and through their own lens. Go see this exhibition before it closes — you will leave a little lighter and at peace.