Frederick Gallery: September 2013

Abstraction & Reality

Juror: Margaret Hancock || Catalog || Flier


  • Color Play oil painting by Carol Phifer of Fredericksburg, VA
  • Story, 2013 acrylic and carbon paper painting by Sarah Irvin of Virginia Beach, VA
  • New and Improved acrylic painting by Nicholas Candela of Ruther Glen, VA

Honorable Mentions:

  • Centimetros e Inches oil painting by Anna Rendich of Fredericksburg, VA
  • Awakening City acrylic painting by Barbara Taylor Hall of Fredericksburg, VA
  • Rainforest oil on canvas painting by Thao Trang of Springfield, VA
  • Shenandoah acrylic painting by Ray Abell of Williamsburg, VA

Juror's Statement:
First, I want to thank the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts for the honor of jurying and thank the artists who submitted for this national show. It was a wonderful experience to walk into a historic 18th century building and view incredible 21st century works of art.

Second, I want to offer my process for selection. In jurying this show, I adhered to my own personal aesthetic and the show's theme of "abstraction and reality." Visually, I am drawn towards art that leans towards the minimal: limited palettes, negative spaces, and clean lines. Conceptually, I am intrigued by works that necessitate a longer, or a second, view to tell the entire story. I believe that a successful work of art is one in which you see something different each time you view it. In the selected works, the visual and conceptual criteria merged while the play on abstraction/reality materialized through medium, color, composition, texture, and subject matter. The end result is a show underscored not only by abstraction, but by simplicity, subtlety, and novelty.

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