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Abstraction is just a word, but I use it.

Jun 28, 2019 – Jan 25, 2020

Jaclyn Wright, Accumulation of Information, III, Archival inkjet print, 24" x 30", 2016 (detail)

Languages evolve from gestures and sounds to a system of words, phrases, and in some cases, letters or hieroglyphics. Today, there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken around the world. Language is also something that continues to evolve with society. New words are introduced, and older words die out, shift, continue, or alter their meaning from the original intent over time.

The same evolutionary process could be applied to the term abstraction, especially within art circles.

Abstraction developed as a visual language that existed outside representational art, one that relied on color, shape, form, and composition to evoke a response from the viewer and to be self-referential. In some cases, abstraction was about honesty—pure paint on canvas, free from illusion and artifice.

But as abstraction has evolved as an artistic practice over decades of use, artists have adopted and personalized abstraction, developing their own use of that visual language and assigning their own meaning. In a way, they have created their own coded language within the broader use of the term abstraction, in their own individualized dialect.

Featured Artists: Anna Campbell Bliss; Kelly Brooks; Christian Casas; Matt Choberka; Shalee Cooper; Peter Everett; Nolan Flynn; Jonathan Frioux; Pico de Gallo (née Armando Castro Hernández); Christopher Kelly; Cara Krebs; Hyunmee Lee; Stephanie Leitch; Allan Ludwig; Dave Malone; Art Morrill; Andrew Rice; Lou Shafer; Casey Jex Smith; Jaclyn Wright

Supported by ZAP, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation.