news release NEO Geo Artists Lead Tours at the Akron Art Museum through Early 2016
For Release: January 6, 2016
Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum will host a series of artists’ talks designed to enhance the experience of NEO Geo, an exhibition showcasing works of geometric abstraction from artists working in northern Ohio. Three of the artists featured in NEO Geo will lead unique gallery tours, focusing on works in the Akron Art Museum collection that speak to their own artistic sensibilities and backgrounds.
Akron Art Museum Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister said, “By bringing artists into the galleries to talk about art, we can provide our visitors with valuable insights into how artists work, what inspires them and how the creative process can be a part of everyone’s life.”
The artist-led tours are scheduled during the museum’s Free Thursdays. The first tour will be led by Kristina Paabus on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm. Paabus uses geometric abstraction in her work to examine concepts such as control, systems and structure. On Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm Erik Neff, a painter and sculptor working in Newbury, presents his point of view as a former student of collection artist Julian Stanczak. Neff’s work follows an intuitive process inspired by nature, culminating in paintings or sculptures that consist of soft, organic block-like forms rendered in colors toned with gray. Sculptor Paul O’Keeffe will present the third tour on April 21 at 6:30 pm. O’Keeffe’s acrylic sculptures on view in NEO Geo are composed of hard-edged geometric shapes that refer to everyday objects such as doorways and windows.
Bembnister said, “It’s a testament to the vitality of contemporary geometric abstraction that so many artists working in this style have chosen to live, work and teach in our region.”
In addition to artist-led tours, the museum will host an artists’ discussion on Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 pm between NEO Geo artists Gianna Commito, Amy Sinbondit and Erik Neff. They will be joined by New York artist Amy Yoes for a discussion of the role that geometric abstraction plays in their artistic practices.
Exuberant color, richly textured surfaces, illusory patterning and simplified geometric forms characterize NEO Geo, an exhibition of contemporary art celebrating geometric abstraction in northern Ohio today. 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 included in NEO Geo 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 artificial or the forces and systems that affect our daily lives. NEO Geo is on view at the Akron Art Museum through April 24, 2016.
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.
About the Akron Art Museum:
The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.
In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to Live Creative through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.
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