Flow Art Space presents an intimate grouping of paintings, collage, and photography which delve into the subconscious. Reserve the evening of Friday, June 6 from 6-9, the same evening as the Lowertown First Friday event, and meet these artists at a free reception.
For Cedar, MN artist Bonnie Cutts, “Materials lead the way as I work in multiple layers, applying paint and removing it, carving into the paint revealing what is underneath. Just as in life, what is underneath or not seen is as important as what is on the surface,” says Cutts.
Work from Minneapolis artist John Vasiliou reflects his intuitive approach to art marking. “I draw on subconscious motifs and archetypes which help define my work. Abstraction is the way I express myself – exploring ideas, materials, and a vocabulary of forms that resonate with me,” says Vasiliou, who also relies on serendipity.
Twin Cities artist Christine Novotny speaks of the constantly evolving nature of memory and how new associations form over time. She describe her work as “a colorful snapshot of the most beautiful and mystifying places in our minds in which this mental process exists.”
Warrensburg, MO artist Sarah Nguyen works with gravity, chemical interaction, and random chance in her paintings to dissolve rendered forms, “reflecting the occasional dissolving of boundaries between dreams and waking life, and between self and other, that we experiences when engaged in unviversal human activities such as play, ritual, and art,” says Nguyen.
Two California artists bridge distant memories from multiple cultures. Los Angeles-based K.u.B.O, uses his paintings to express his Eastern and Western influences from his life in Asia, Western Europe, and America, which result in what he calls the “tumultuous unknown.” Oakland-based Anna Caterina Pildner also describes a feeling of being in between two worlds and taps into deeply engrained imagery from her childhood memories. Pildner’s work expresses the complexity of growing up in one culture while identifying with completely different references.
Chicago-based painter Amy Babinec connects “the distant and forgotten past with the present through landscape.”
Twin Cities artist Polly Norman says “I love distorting reality. It happens in my mind a lot.” Her fantasy photographic work often reflect figures and trails of movement.
Pic: Sarah Nguyen's "All the Illustrious Shadows" oil and pastel on canvas.