Red – Existentialism in Art
January 19 through February 9, 2013
LuminArte Gallery in the Dallas Design District starts off the New Year with a stimulating new exhibition, “Red – Existentialism in Art,” which examines our place in the universe and delves into the questions of subjectivity, spirituality and the nature of existence. Existentialism transcends systematic philosophies and affirms introspective “authenticity,” while the color red suggests a primal identity, passionate and profound. Each artist demonstrates this depth of experience and contemplation through very personal explorations of creativity, producing distinctly powerful and moving works of art.
Scheduled from January 19 – February 9, 2013, “Red” features a roster of international artists from around the US, India, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, Israel, England and Sierra Leone as well as a few local favorites, displaying artworks in the media of painting, sculpture, photography and video art. The reception for “Red” will be held on January 19 from 7-10 p.m. at LuminArte Gallery, showcasing the artwork of Wewer Keohane, Puneeta Mittal, Alison Jardine, Kay Dalton, Gina Marie Dunn, Elizabeth Anyaa, Araceli Salcedo, Jim Lively, Ted Barr, Richard Bailey, Eitan Vitkon, Luba Muravyeva, Chinmay Mehta, John Milton, David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge.
The works exhibited by LuminArte resident artist, Jim Lively celebrate the individual as being solely responsible for giving meaning to life and for living life to its fullest. In particular, his painting An Individual Experience depicts a solitary figure walking away from the viewer into a surreal setting of trees covered by snow. At first blush, the painting could be interpreted as a lonely unsettling experience as the individual is slowly disappearing into woods. However, on closer inspection, one sees the vibrant red shawl the figure is grasping loosely around her body which instead suggests happiness and an air of confidence as she makes her journey through life.
Israeli photographer, Eitan Vitkon manipulates photographic images through sets of mirrors, water, glass and chrome surfaces, creating the illusion of computer generated effects. The body of work is based on the notion of movement and duration, challenging the technical range of the camera while depicting the subject matter in a state of abstraction. “I am a painter and architect by training however drawn to the camera to achieve a timeless spatial territory between realism and the surreal. Each project begins with intensive observation, mostly urban landscape and architecture landmarks that unfold into a new self. By capturing moments and time I seek for hidden significant qualities and intangible truths. The work strips the skin of reality into new time textures and depths of the surface we live in.”
Wewer Keohane is an internationally represented and collected visual artist with pieces in permanent collections of several museums, including the Denver Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Musée de l’Éventail in Paris, France. Wewer has been leading dream workshops for over twenty five years and has inspired dreamers, artists and writers to explore their creative selves and to live authentic lives. The continuing theme within her work is balance: balance with self, genders, relationships, life. “My work is metaphor. Through the invisible quality of understanding the metaphor, I am intuitively guided to the visual interpretations. Through a contemplative process using found objects, recycled ephemera, words, color, metals, the metaphor awakens into a story. When I fully understand the metaphor I move to another, which most often presents itself to me through my dreams or meditation. All the metaphors seem to be exploring this deep desire to find a world without duplicity.”
The abstract expressionist paintings of Mexican artist, Araceli Salcedo depict feeling and form in bright field paintings, often incorporating symbols and archetypes to convey an underlying meaning. Araceli’s artistic process serves as a form of introspection, delving into her deepest emotions and inner state of mind in a search for Truth and Harmony. “Constantly inspired by nature, its shapes, colors, movement and its abstractions, I process it in my imagination and find my essence.”
About LuminArte Gallery
LuminArte Gallery showcases mid-career local, national, and international contemporary award-winning artists, as well as bright emerging talent. Jamie Labar and her expert team of curators work to express a range of perspectives while developing a standard of talented creative expression. The gallery’s newly minted artist studios and workshop serve to promote local talent, to educate and to invite community participation in the arts. LuminArte resides in the Dallas Design District and is a member of the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA).
LuminArte Gallery is located at 1727 E. Levee Street, Dallas, Texas 75207. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information, call 214.914.4503 or visit www.luminarte.com and follow on Facebook.