In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the cutting-edge Seaport District art gallery Anderson Contemporary postponed its new exhibition “A Moment in Time.” While responsible and right, it still sadly affects the artists, gallery and viewers who wanted to enjoy thought-provoking, gorgeous art.
Thankfully, Anderson Contemporary has given people access by beautifully displaying the exhibit online. You can easily click through collections by the artists, learn about their influences and consider themes like nature, patterns and chaos.
And for any New Yorkers homeschooling their kids right now, this could be a stellar resource for engaging with contemporary art.
The following are three works that particularly caught our eye, paired with artist statements.
“Wave 13B” by Linda Brosterman
LG Brosterman explores the power and beauty of the ocean through the abstract forms created by waves as they crash. With each piece, she tries to capture the perfect randomness of the never-ending, eternal, action of the ocean. Using 20-30 layers of paint, and the ironically precise placement of every color, splash and droplet, her abstract expressions remind us of the awe-inspiring, infinite artistry of one of the great natural phenomena. Each of LG’s paintings utilize a range of different techniques and mixed media, including watercolor, acrylic and gouache. The finished work treats the viewer to a cohesive, unique vision of the majesty of the subject. A millisecond of pure energy is preserved for all time.
“Innerscape – Red Vessels” by Lowell Boyers
Lowell Boyers’s paintings are explorations of how multiple images can take shape and evolve on a surface. Each work is an amalgamation of forms — bodies, architecture, landscapes and animals — that are not immediately recognizable or fully articulated. The themes are sometimes loosely autobiographical. In his own words, his paintings are “manufactured and manipulated chaos,” in which “nothing is accidental.” He also asserts that time does not exist in his paintings, because each image is a collage of moments. Boyers experiments with mixing the effects of various techniques, including applying paint though pouring and spilling, as well as with a brush. Boyers also paints with mixed mediums, including acrylic paint, ink and resin watercolor.
“Molten” by Minako Iwamura
Minako’s current works on paper and wood panels are an exploration of geometric patterns, incorporating fractals in their pictorial structure and evoking elements in nature. She is interested in dualities — the coexistence of geometry and nature, the singular and the collective, premeditated delineation and intuitive movements, parameters and chaos, to name a few. Through them, she portrays a particular state that hovers in a precarious spot of in-betweenness to evoke the untethered and openness.
For inquiries, contact owner and director of Anderson Contemporary Ronni Anderson.
photos: Anderson Contemporary