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Thinking in the Abstract

Unlike representational artwork, abstract art may not have an immediate point of reference. It may spring from the conceptual thought process of the creator or arise as a pure form of expression as an artist begins a new work without a predetermined end in sight. Artists who work and think abstractly tend to create a visual language and methodology for their work. Theirs is often an iterative process that builds a visual experience through the exploration of a new visual vocabulary.

Unlike representational artwork, abstract art may not have an immediate point of reference. It may spring from the conceptual thought process of the creator or arise as a pure form of expression as an artist begins a new work without a predetermined end in sight. Artists who work and think abstractly tend to create a visual language and methodology for their work. Theirs is often an iterative process that builds a visual experience through the exploration of a new visual vocabulary.

Howard Hersh states that his work has an "overarching theme of 'No Separation'... he works "towards illustrating an interconnected and harmonious world." His current work blurs the line between sculpture and painting, creating hybrid pieces that at once construct space and deconstruct our notions of paintings.

Photographer Lake Newton uses multiple means to capture his images. In this exhibit, his works were created using a flatbed scanner. His interest in this work lies in the "recontextualization of encountered spaces and forms..." His artwork is less about "achieving a precise representation of reality, and more about creating an abstracted formulation of the world in which we live."

Ralston Fox Smith's approach to painting has changed over time, moving into an ever more abstract exploration of line, shape, and color. "While geometry has always been part of my creative output, my recent focus combines flat shapes and monochromatic color to explore perception and optical illusion." The shift in his creative focus has been, in part, his "response to the chaos of our times."

Howard Hersh is a third-generation artist. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the USA, and it is represented in national and international corporate collections, museums, and foundations.

Lake Roberson Newton's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows in multiple university settings, fine art museums, and the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art in South Korea.

Ralston Fox Smith's love for painting developed in the "Black Mountain College of the West" under the teaching of Laddie John Dill, George Herms, Lisa Adams, and Frank Romero. His work is in public and private collections, nationally and internationally.

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