In the Weston Art Gallery’s new group exhibition Narrative Figuration, on display now, curator Daniel Brown assembles five talented local artists whose chosen mode is representational, figurative work. All five artists have studied at the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). Their work focuses on genre scenes, with a renewed interest in beauty.
While much of the work is concerned with the immediate reality of the figure in its environment, they are not a simple case of verisimilitude — representational-realism painting mimicking what the eye can see for itself without the need for the art. Rather, these artists find abstraction by editing with the eye. The result is edgy.
“These works equate with psychological space,” explains Brown, also an arts critic for Aeqai online magazine. “It’s that sense of looking inward. The interior mirrors the self.”
Interior space is deeply psychological in Kentucky-based artist Robert Anderson’s work. Figures in stark interiors emphasize the relationship between the people and space.
Narrative Figuration continues at downtown's Weston Art Gallery through June 5. There is a gallery talk Thursday at 7 p.m. Go here to read Selena Reder's full review.