On view April 5th – June 30, 2019
Reception Thursday, April 18th, 5 – 8 pm
“The Abstraction Haiku” brings together seven abstract painters from the Tacoma and Seattle area whose works signify important dichotomies inherent to abstraction. The exhibition catapulted from two abstract paintings in TAM’s permanent collection seemingly on opposite ends of abstraction’s pictorial spectrum, specifically: John Franklin Koenig’s Lamento and Robert C. Jones’ Mermaid/Sphinx.
The title, “The Abstraction Haiku” centers on an idea of abstraction as haiku, which points to the intentional use of paired visual dichotomies as a way of focusing on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination. This describes well the experience of looking at abstract painting and directly relates to each artist in this exhibit.
The participating artists of the Northwest Abstractionists include: Deanne Belinoff, Dede Falcone, Teresa Getty, Karey Dessler, Anna Macrae, Angela Wales, and Audrey Tulimiero Welch.