Abstract Realities

Abstract Realities: Trends & New Directions in Contemporary Art

The Studios of Key West will open its next Main Hall exhibition, “Abstract Realities: Trends & New Directions in Contemporary Art” on March 2. On view through March 11, the exhibition showcases the work of twenty-seven talented artists working in Spain, Korea, Germany, Puerto Rico and across the United States. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6 – 8 pm on March 2, at the Historic Armory, 600 White Street.

Guest curated by Hal Bromm, owner of the eponymous New York City gallery, the exhibition explores contemporary art from a new perspective and opens doors to studios beyond Key West’s borders. The show is an exciting component of TSKW’s exhibition program, which has developed a reputation for showcasing remarkable local, national and international talent.

“For this exhibition, the focus was on fresh faces and new works” says Bromm. “the idea was to explore ideas and images that have recently come into view, rather than works by artists I know well”.

The result is a bold, visually arresting collection of work from artists across the globe,  including Lisa Beck, Javier Cintron, Martha Clippinger, Jan Davidoff, Stacy Fisher, Tim Fite, Ryan Foerster, Cameron Gainer,  Mark Golderman, Sue Hettmansperger, Pia Howell, Heejeong Kim, Margie Livingston, Matthew Lusk, Alberto Malaccorto, David Malek, Paul Manes, Alex Markwith, Ara Peterson, Vincent Pomilio, Marja Samsom, Ellen Sayers, Sarah Shirley, William Stone, Dannielle Tegeder, Stephan Weitzel, Kristof Wickman.  In a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, works range in scale from a few inches to several feet, with each artist represented by several pieces.

“Abstract Realities” explores the realms of abstraction and figurative realism – sometimes separately but often overlapping – as popular elements appearing in recent contemporary art.   An informal survey assembled to reflect the diversity of the present, it examines new directions by artists from a wide-ranging geographic and cultural range.   Bromm noted that “Although at the outset there was no subjective theme, a common thread ultimately surfaced with abstraction merging with figuration.” Bromm continues by noting that within some works, a shift from both directions emerged, a path that mixed reality with abstraction in various ways — through materials or process, or within the actual subject — resulting in works that ranged from visually figurative representations to graphically abstract patterns.

Gaining serious critical attention at museums and leading galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Geneva and beyond, many of these artists have had works in major exhibitions, including international art fairs during the recent edition of Art Basel Miami.

Abstract Realities will continue to be on display through March 11.

Below: the piece on the exhibition which ran in the February 19 Solares Hill.

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