The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to present State of Abstraction, an exhibition of contemporary abstract art by Connecticut artists. Co-Curated by WAA Exhibitions Committee members Daphne Anderson Deeds and Jacquelyn Gleisner, the selected works will be displayed in both the Washington Art Association & Gallery and the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens exhibition spaces.
Painting, installation, video, sculpture, and prints are included in the exhibition featuring over twenty artists covering all areas of Connecticut. Many of the works update common tropes of abstraction across these different media. Zachary Keeting, of New Haven, composes layers of paint to convey colorful lyric abstraction, while works by Elizabeth Gourlay and Ryan Paxton are contemplative, and Kevin Daly’s paintings are based on geometry.
Other artists included in the show experiment with new tools, unusual media, or inventive processes. In her studio outside Hartford, Hong Hong makes large-scale paper works using a range of different pulped materials. David Livingston combines 3D modeling programs with his small, spontaneous gouache paintings using video. A familiar craft material is the building block for New Haven artist Suzan Shutan’s interactive pom pom installation. Kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice of Cornwall offers wall-mounted works, Weston artist Joseph Fucigna’s sculpture is made of plastic coated fencing, while Hamden installation artist Howard El-Yasin uses materials that are usually discarded like dryer lint and roasted banana peels. The more than sixty works that comprise State of Abstraction give viewers a thorough overview of abstract art by artists working in Connecticut today.
WAA Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm (May – September) Closed on Mondays.
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens Gallery Hours: Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am -2 pm; and by appointment.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 4 – 6 pm in both locations
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza