NEO Geo Paabus

Kristina Paabus, 3h, 2012, Colored pencil, oil and ink on panel, 12 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist.

NEO Geo O'Keeffe

Paul O’Keeffe, a distant silence VIII, 2013, acrylic, flashe paint, 17.5 x 9 x 2.75 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Joe Levack/Studio Akron.

NEO Geo Murphy

Michelle Marie Murphy,
Eyeshadow Overlap Op, 2011,
metallic chromogenic print,
34in x30 in. 

NEO Geo Lessman-Moss

Janice Lessman-Moss,
#432, 2013,
cotton and wool,
75 in. x 67 in. 

NEO Geo Lessman-Moss 2

Janice Lessman-Moss,
#432, 2013, (detail)
cotton and wool,
75 in. x 67 in. 

NEO Geo Neff

Erik Neff,
Breakwater, 2015,
Oil on canvas,
69 x 74.5 inches 

Neo Geo: Gianna Commito

Gianna Commito, Court, 2014, Casein and marble dust ground on panel, 24 x 20 inches, courtesy of the artist.

NEO Geo Sinbondit

Amy Sinbondit,
Section Break, 2011,
red earthenware, engobe, terra sigillata, glaze,
14.5 x 18 x 11.5 in. 


November 21, 2015 - April 24, 2016
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Geometric abstraction pares visual art down to pure shapes, lines and colors, yet infinite possibilities lie within those boundaries. NEO Geo features recent work by artists in the surrounding region who explore the potential of geometric abstraction.

In the 1960s and 70s, painters and sculptors in Cleveland, Oberlin and Kent created abstract works dependent upon hard-edged geometric forms. Often guided by pre-determined systems based on logic or mathematics, they were motivated by their interests in science, psychology and technology. Artists working in the region today use a combination of pre-determined systems and intuitive responses to create the underlying geometry of their work. In some cases, these structures serve as metaphors for broader themes, such as the tension between the natural and man-made or the forces and systems that affect our daily lives.

Media represented include painting, printmaking, drawing, installation, sculpture, fiber and photography. Gianna Commito (Kent), Natalie Lanese (Toledo), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Michelle Murphy (Cleveland), Erik Neff (Newbury), Kristina Paabus (Oberlin), Paul O’Keeffe (Cleveland Heights) and Amy Sinbondit (Cleveland Heights) are the featured artists. 

NEO Geo is organized by the Akron Art Museum and generously supported by Myrna Berzon, Dianne and Herbert Newman, the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust and Harris Stanton Gallery.

Media sponsorship is provided by WKSU 89.7 and Western Reserve PBS.

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View the NEO Geo gallery guide online.

NEO Geo gallery guide

Related Links:

[ Josh Usmani, "Northeast Ohio's Deep History and Bright Future in Geometric Abstraction…" Cleveland Scene ] [ Anderson Turner, "Open Your Mind to NEO Geo at the Akron Art Museum," Akron Beacon Journal ]