December 3, 2016 – February 12, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday 8 December (18:00/19:30)
Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre,
109 St Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, ON
Curators: Catherine Parayre and Shawn Serfas
Reflecting on the exhibition A Painter’s Country: Canadian Landscape Paintings Selected from the Permanent Collection (curator: Stuart Reid) presented at Rodman Hall during the summer of 2016, Abstract/Abstracted: ‘This is not a tree’ presents works by Karel Appel, Frederick S. Coburn, Hans Hartung, Kazuo Nakamura, Carl Schaeffer, and Tony Tascona. Put together, these artworks, also from Rodman Hall’s permanent collection, explore a different problematic. How much abstraction is there in representation? In turn, to what extent is an abstract work abstract? Abstract/Abstracted highlights, but also questions the contrasts between abstract and figurative art.
Brock University students in “Intermediate Painting” respond in selected artworks, while students in “Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts” provide critical texts that explore these questions.
The catalogue will appear in the 2017 issue of A Journal of Text-and-Image Criticism/Creation