Art Focus on 09/28/10
Guest host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Stephanie Schneider, Curator and Director of the Cooley Gallery at Reed College and Greg MacNaughton, Education Outreach Coordinator about ABSTRACT: Léonie Guyer, Ruth Laskey, Lynne Woods Turner, which is currently showing at the Gallery through December 5th.
ABSTRACT brings together the work of three contemporary women artists inspired by the breadth of abstraction's spiritual, esoteric, and ritualistic dimensions. For Guyer, Laskey, and Turner, abstraction, and specifically, geometric abstraction, is a means for examining and manifesting experience and sensation as directly as possible, rigorously visualizing, in Agnes Martin's words, "... what is forever known in the mind." Continuing the rich legacy of women abstract artists such as Hilma af Klint, Anni Albers, Agnes Martin, and Nasreen Mohamedi, the artists in ABSTRACT engage abstraction's radical self-reflexivity as a natural expression of understanding, making, and being in the world, offering the viewer the same experience in return.