"The Platonic Ideal" Exhibition

Forum Gallery

poster for "The Platonic Ideal" Exhibition

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The Platonic Ideal, an exhibition featuring the work of twenty-eight painters and sculptors exploring the essence of subject and form in the human figure, the imaginary landscape, and perceived objects. The Greek Philosopher Plato held that objects in the known world exist on two consciously understood levels. The first is the physical object, concrete but imperfect in its physicality. The second is the perceived object, an idea that is both perfect and symbolic; an ideal, stored and understood in the general subconscious. Forum Gallery’s new exhibition, "The Platonic Ideal," takes Plato’s concept of the object one step further, exploring the possibility that beyond the physical imperfect and the abstract perfect, artistic invention offers a third level of the object, created by the imaginative and unique eye of the artist. This exhibition presents artworks that are perfected interpretations of objects, people or landscapes, conceived, enhanced and transformed.

[Image: Carlos Maria Mariani "Suite for Piano" (2008) oil on canvas 50 x 31 in.]


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