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January 2014

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Exhibiton of Abstract Works

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present Seven Degrees of Abstraction, featuring works by seven artists, on view from Jan. 3 through Feb. 1, 2014. A reception will be held on Jan. 3, from 6-9pm.

While abstract art is often defined as art that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world by taking away all likeness of figure and content, others define it as art that removes elements of a subject to make it less complicated and more simplistic. The debate of what actually defines abstract art has continued since it was introduced in the early 1900s.

The exhibition presents the works of seven artists who have created work containing varying degrees of abstraction. While the paintings of Javier Lopez Barbosa, Matthew Dibble, and Ralph Turturro are totally abstract, other artists such as Martha Armstrong, Daniel Bayless, Cheryl Chapman, and Carl Plansky reduce certain components of subject matter to create their paintings.

“I have always been intrigued with how different artists can paint the same, exact subject and create something that is totally different from each other”, says Larry Elder, curator of the exhibition. “Many artists will confess that creating a powerful abstract painting is more difficult than painting a realistic piece of art.”

Seven Degrees of Abstraction will allow visitors to continue the debate over the definition of abstract art while trying to determine if their five-year old can really “paint something like that!”

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

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