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About Abstraction featured four contemporary artists–James Brinsfield, Matthew Burke, Allie Rex, and Frank Shaw– who explore various approaches to abstraction, from the expressionistic to the metaphoric, from the analytical to the lyrical. Representing some of today’s current trends in contemporary abstraction, these artists pursue their distinctive styles through a diverse range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. While “abstract art” often tends to perplex many viewers, it is a vital and dynamic form of artistic expression that has the ability to transcend age and gender, language and culture. About Abstraction endeavored to make contemporary abstraction more accessible through a lively visual discourse that explored its intrinsic meaning and beauty.

Organized by the Salina Art Center; curated by Heather Ferrell.

ABOUT ABSTRACTION NEW APROACHES BY CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

September 12 through November 16, 2008

Allie Rex Where Does it Come From, Where Does It Go?, 2008 colored pencil, ink, vinyl, pins, mylar 26 x 103 inches Courtesy of the artist and Byron C. Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

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