‘Representational Abstraction’ At Richter Association for the Arts

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"Food Market" by Antonio Carvalho. Oil on canvas.
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by Katie Bassett

 

Danbury, Conn. artists Antonio Carvahlo and Katie Bassett will have a two-person exhibition featuring their artwork at The Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts in Danbury. The Richter Association presents Carvahlo’s and Bassett’s show, “Representational Abstraction,” in their gallery at 100 Aunt Hack Road. The exhibition will be on view, April 28 and 29 from 2 to 5 pm, and May 5 and 6 from 2 to 5 pm. The opening artists’ reception will be held during the April 28 hours.

 

Antonio Carvahlo is currently a Masters of Fine Art student at Western Conneticut State University (WestConn). Carvahlo’s concern with his representational oil paintings involves the creation of engagement and dialogue with reality–both inner and outer aspects of reality in the same moment. His reality can be almost anything: an object, a bug, a person, or a landscape. When Carvahlo approaches his work he examines how painting can transfigure pain into happiness that might create a communication that breaks the chains of isolation.

 

 

Although Carvahlo’s and Bassett’s work appear drastically different, their is a common thread between their intentions. The two styles that the artists employ create a dialogue that would not have been achieved otherwise, and so the exhibition will also include two collaborative paintings completed by Carvahlo and Bassett.

 

 

“Tiny Girl Entering Entanglement” by Katie Bassett. 7″ x 7″. Charcoal, pastel, various glues & thread on paper.

Like Carvahlo, Katie Bassett’s work also focuses on transforming pain into happiness. All of Bassett’s work expresses the need to rebuild what has been destroyed by breaking preconceived rules of art, expression and materials. She creates her work out of various recycled materials, and approaches her creations using many techniques, including painting and sewing. The work pushes the limits of what the materials will allow with the use of bleach, dyes, mediums. An example of one of her techniques: Bassett often tears the canvas and sews it back together.

 

Although Carvahlo’s and Bassett’s work appear drastically different, their is a common thread between their intentions. The two styles that the artists employ create a dialogue that would not have been achieved otherwise, and so the exhibition will also include two collaborative paintings completed by Carvahlo and Bassett.

 

 

For additional information about the show visit the Facebook event page here. Visit Katie Bassett’s website here.

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