"Covert Narratives" Exhibition

Tenri Cultural Institute

poster for "Covert Narratives" Exhibition

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The artists of Covert Narratives through the use of an abstracted language express their message subtly and without an overt or literal artistic vocabulary. Jinsoo Kim’swhite sculpture painted with black linear webs in key areas, appears much like folds of fat that conjure formlessness. While Kim’s immaculate and polished textures invite touching, his bulging and formless masses reject the gaze. While his painstakingly painted gleaming surfaces appeal in their beauty, his melting forms are almost abhorrent like melting ice cream. Mary Hrbacek’s trees take on a life of their own appearing like phantoms because of their soft forms yet holding their own in power. These tree-like formations come alive almost appearing three dimensional in their flight off the surface. Hrbacek’s line is key to the projection of shapes that engage the eye in a perceptual dance that travels back and forth, in and out, side to side in its struggle to maintain eye/brain coordination. Her muted tones of greens, grays, and browns simultaneously allude to the forest as they do to camouflage. Bill Pangburn’s extraordinary prints speak volumes about his printing abilities but also to his integrity as an artist. Pangburn’s prints of linear meandering shapes are reminiscent of his native Texas panhandle as seen from above. Eliminating color in these black and white woodcuts Pangburn engages the most basic and simple economic means with which to put across his concept of the water ebbing and flowing in the Texas riverbed. Tina Karrageorgi deals with philosophical quandaries and issues that reverberate in her work as ideas of beauty. The subject of beauty has become more and more complex in the last years, and Karrageorgi engages with human perception in order to question whether there is a pervasive objective notion or if it exists purely in the eye of the beholder. Renee Magnanti’s pattern leitmotifs that seem to be all about surface beauty are in fact, much more than that. Not only are they signs loaded with cultural history, but they are also ciphers of deep meaning. In her work Wanita, Wanita Menenun Magnanti combines partial text with pattern to arrive at extremely complex cultural discourses. Antonia Papatzanaki’s work involves philosophy and science for she deals with light and abstraction. Her minimalist sculptural forms are bisected with lights forms in curved rhythms whose emanating brightness combines with local ambient light to produce multi-dimensional ephemeral environments. Juxtaposing dark and light, rigid and soft, transparent and solid, light and dark Papatzanaki creates sculptural multi-dimensionality that is pivoting to the viewer.

[Image: Mary Hrbacek "Imploring" (2012) acrylic on linen 8 x 10in.]



from January 29, 2013 to February 12, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-02-01 from 18:00 to 20:00

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