March 20 - September 12, 2021
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.”
Laminae Re 29 , Encaustic
Bull in a China Shop
Laminae Re 30 , Encaustic
Pores and Orbs 3 , 2014, Acrylic on Board
Laminae transience 40 , Encaustic
Pores and Orbs 2 , 2014, Acrylic on Board
Laminae transience 44 , Encaustic
Spotlight 10 , 2018, Acrylic on Board, Diptych
Pores, Orbs, and Spores , 2013, Acrylic on Board
Have I Told You?
Lost and Found , 2021
Lost and Found, detail , 2021