“Pursuing Lines, Curves and Abstract Languages” is a new exhibit at Gualala Arts, featuring the works of Mirka Kastner, Paula Haymond and Mike Connor. The exhibit opens Saturday, July 3, from 11 am to 7 pm in the Elaine Jacob Foyer at Gualala Arts. Members may preview the exhibit on Friday, July 2, from 11 am. The exhibit continues through Sunday, August 1.
Coastal artists Mirka Knaster and Paula Haymond are keen on abstract art. They offer beautiful and engaging works that appeal aesthetically and arouse curiosity. Presenting new ways of looking at what’s all around us and inviting viewers’ imaginations to roam freely is what makes their abstract art so intriguing.
Both Kastner and Haymond work with a mixture of media and techniques. Paula sculpts, burns, pierces, and paints wood, metal, and stone to create three-dimensional objects. Mirka combines textiles, handmade paper, thread, paint, dye, and ink in her 2-D and 3-D pieces.
Abstract art often triggers pareidolia, our tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. Like the magic of seeing an animal in a cloud or discerning a face in the moon, abstract art stimulates our capacity to create a story. Our mind takes over when the artist does not provide a mimetic representation of a place, person, or object. Abstract art encourages us to go beyond what reality presents and interpret the shapes, lines, colors, and designs through a different filter. We can get lost in the abstract images. Then, as we fill in the gaps ourselves, feeling and thinking what the artwork means to us, we’re gifted with finding something unexpected in the relationships between the shapes and spaces.
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