Natural Reflections: Narratives in Abstract Art
In our dreams, the familiar can become strange and the bizarre made believable. Fragments of daily life are woven into seamless narratives where the distinctions between illusion and reality are blurred to the point of abstraction. Exploring the creative links between dreaming, imagination, and storytelling, Anthony Hunter, Audra Weaser and Matt Devine investigate the narratives that emerge from the natural world around us by means of the subconscious.
Visual art has always been closely associated with storytelling. Over the centuries, painting and sculpture evolved to illuminate anecdotes of religion, patronage, and power. With the advent of abstraction, many artists associated with the avant-garde rejected the figurative, therefore eliminating explicit narrative content.
British painter Anthony Hunter delivers a fresh take on abstract expressionism creating works that are both emotionally powerful and visually captivating. Hunter, who has been immersed in the art world as an art fabricator for Damien Hirst, is known for his energetic compositions, unexpected palettes, and innovative use of materials. Hunter’s varying forms and lines become protagonists in an action-landscape while seemingly incidental moments of captivating beauty provide ample room for exploration of theme.
Audra Weaser creates dreamscapes from childhood memories, re-imagined and recreated through her artistic process as an adult. Offering imagery pulled directly from Weaser’s memories and her distinct interpretations of the surrounding world, the final compositions represent a meticulous document of an especially vivid dream life. Drawing from remembrance and confrontation with nature, the narratives that emerge through her abstractions offer coded messages that are ripe for interpretation.
In Matt Devine’s work, the history of both the medium as well as the artist’s own interpretation of form and material are present. Utilizing industrial materials, Devine crafts juxtapositions of form and function, fragility and endurance. Intuitive yet process-based, Devine’s forms borrow from nature in a sharp contrast to the industrial nature of the material itself. The works can be seen as a study in contrasts, in bold formal statements and the gentle balance of shadow and light.