March 20 - September 19, 2021
Wonderscape

A “wonderscape” is completely imaginative, two words and ideas fused together to connote an abstract unseen space that hovers on the edges of our imagination.  Rather than being a word with a concrete definition, it evokes an idea.  A wonderscape concerns perception, our awareness of reality and our presence within it, and the visual results are works that are part sci-fi, part fantasy.  The forms that fill a wonderscape are also fluid, they are what we create when we imagine the shape of things rather than seeing them concretely. 

We are living in anxious and unsettled times.  It seems as if we are hovering on the precipice of something unknowable, enhancing an ever-present sense of unease.  The tension and urgency filling our daily lives makes us yearn for alternate realities. Escapism can bring solace to an anxious mind.

If escapism were visual, and we were to picture our stream of consciousness, what would that look like?  For the artists in this exhibition, this process starts with basic organic forms coming together to create visually stimulating landscapes.  Their shapes evoke neural pathways, biomorphic forms, fluid yet intricate patterns, and broad expanses of color.  These are imagined, fantastical, mental landscapes—wonderscapes.

Using circles, organic forms, and undefined borders five artists working across media create their own wonderscapes.  They use the tactile nature of their materials to convey hazy, stream-of-consciousness, otherworldly dreamscapes based in reality but largely products of the mind.  In focusing on elemental forms, each of these artists crafts their own narratives about time and space and the ways in which we visualize, cope, and move through our own “wonderscapes.”

 


Dates: March 20 - September 19, 2021
Participating artists: Adria Arch, Dana Filibert, Nancy Hayes, Alyssa Minahan, and Neil Wilkins
Neil Wilkins, Laminae Re 29, Encaustic
Dana Filibert, Bull in a China Shop
Neil Wilkins, Laminae Re 30, Encaustic
Nancy Hayes, Pores and Orbs 3 , 2014, Acrylic on Board
Neil Wilkins, Laminae transience 40, Encaustic
Nancy Hayes, Pores and Orbs 2 , 2014, Acrylic on Board
Neil Wilkins, Laminae transience 44, Encaustic
Nancy Hayes, Spotlight 10 , 2018, Acrylic on Board, Diptych
Dana Filibert, Raven Raven
Nancy Hayes, Pores, Orbs, and Spores , 2013, Acrylic on Board
Dana Filibert, RamTap
Alyssa Minahan, Have I Told You?
Adria Arch, Lost and Found , 2021
Adria Arch, Lost and Found, detail , 2021
Alyssa Minahan, Photogram

Don’t miss our virtual talks with the artists of Wonderscape!

 

Learn more about their process, materials, inspirations, and more.  Our virtual artist talks are free with registration via Eventbrite.  See below for details.

Alyssa Minahan:  Sunday, May 23, 3:00 via Zoom; register here

Neil Wilkins: Sunday, July 18, 3:00, via Zoom