What do you see in this collection of paintings? 

The “Liminal” exhibit of five abstract artists is on display at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., until Thursday, Nov. 26 and features a free, virtual artist talk at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

The show features the recent work of abstract artists Amanda Church, Paula De Luccia, Beth Kaminstein, Leslie Parke and Lauren Olitski. Each artist’s work is clearly defined yet cohesive with those around it. 

Paula De Luccia’s vibrant, daring, and textured large-scale paintings can be seen in a collective exhibit at The Studios of Key West until Nov. 26. Contributed photo

In a special virtual event at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, the five artists will discuss the show, the evolution of their work, and the creative path that got them there. Register at tskw.org/artist-talk-liminal/.

The exhibit’s cohesion stems from the artists, who share connections to Bennington College and to the Florida Keys. The women also share a similarity in how they think about and approach their work, the materials they use and their investigation of paint, size, shape, line and color, states a press release about the “Liminal” exhibit.

Viewers can explore these elements in Amanda Church’s velvet-smooth pop abstractions of the body in landscape; Paula De Luccia’s vibrant, daring, and textured large-scale paintings; Lauren Olitski’s energetic and thick acrylic impastos that extend the boundaries of the frame with colorful sculptural shapes; Leslie Parke’s hypnotic lines that define, dissolve, and merge shapes, and Beth Kaminstein’s ceramic works with high-fired glazes that are organic, grounding, and ethereal at once.

Lauren Olitski’s energetic and thick acrylic impastos that extend the boundaries of the frame with colorful sculptural shapes can be seen at The Studios of Key West until Nov. 26. Contributed photo

“One should try to experience the whole image with eyes wide open. What do you see?  Notice what you are seeing—the materials, the way the paint is applied or how the clay is formed, the surfaces, the movement within the image, shapes, and so on,” says Kaminstein, who spearheaded the exhibit proposal. “Abstract art can be very poetic, grasping at something bigger than us or something small and tangible….Try not to judge, but let yourself just see.”

“Liminal” is a free exhibit that’s open to the public and runs until Thursday, Nov. 26.  

 For more information, contact The Studios at 305-296-0458 or visit TSKW.org

 

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