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Dab Art is pleased to present Collective Dissent: Rethinking Rationality at H Gallery. The idea of abstract painting and mixed media is to create objects without reference to the world outside, or as a strictly vestigial image or form. The artists in this exhibition have each pursued abstractions, sculpture and photography with unique and individual character within the realms of mixed media modernism. This exhibition aims to show these works in sympathetic relationships to each other, in spaces with ideal light and proportions. The installations and pieces exhibited in Collective Dissent represent a new visual language based on assemblages of the unbounded world, rejecting mediocrity and redefining high art. Art idealism is confronted and explored through the works of three principled and distinguished artists.
Glenn Carter stands as one of the most inventive artists ever exhibited by Dab Art. His approach to making art using conventional materials and everyday objects has eviscerated the distinctions between medium and genre, abstraction and representation, while creating an enduring change in the relationship between artist, image, and viewer. From the outset, the incidental, the immediate, and the perception of a presence greater than his own artistic virtuosity seems to drive Carter’s creative energy.
In all aspects of her work, Michelle Robinson expresses her intense relationship to both natural and urban landscapes, organic materials, and nature's elements. Also prevalent in Robinson's work are the themes of memory and the passage of time. Using photography, fabrics and encaustics Robinson creates astoundingly mindful works of art with ultimate concern, which she treats with the greatest tenderness and clarity. Existential awareness within the mystery and forces of temporal existence are evident but not overwhelming in her works for this exhibit.
Intimately scaled abstract works in oil by Yari Ostovany serves as the visceral anchor for Collective Dissent. These compound paintings contain the intensity and formal complexity of an artist’s life examined. Provocative tension is generated between formal properties and sublimated gestural content in dense compositions where tangles of structure dissolve into inchoate sensuousness. His ability to control what transpires, making sure that all gestures are sincere is an internal and external struggle that has been instrumental in forming Ostovany’s relationship to his own work.
Artists on Exhibit: Glenn Carter + Michelle Robinson + Yari Ostovany
Yari Ostovany (b.1962) moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada, Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He was based in Cologne from 2000-2004, and since 2011 has been residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent exhibitions include shows at B&B&Co Gallery, Los Angeles, CA/Mill Valley Arts Commission, Mill Valley, CA
Michelle Robinson received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued on to study photography, video, and computer animation at Texas A&M's graduate program in Visualization. During that time she produced animated short films that were shown internationally in such venues as the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has been an artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios for over 20 years. Recent exhibitions include: Little Boxes, Georgetown Arts Center, TX/ Places and Spaces, SugarMynt Gallery, South Pasadena, CA/ Art of Encaustic, Government Center Gallery, Ventura, CA
Glenn Carter (b.1951) is originally from San Francisco, California. In 1970 Glenn enrolled in an associate arts program at City College of San Francisco as a ceramics major. After College, Glenn spent two years sketching his way through Central and South America. In late 1974 returned to San Francisco, eventually settling permanently in Santa Cruz, CA. Within the last seven years Glenn has created a remarkably complex body of works. Notable exhibits include: Arrangements in Black and White, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA/ Degrees of Abstraction", Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA/ Summer National Juried Exhibition", Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
Curated by Yessíca Torres
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