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Current Exhibition

everyday abstraction
contemporary abstract painting

November 7, 2014 - Jan. 23, 2015

Everyday Abstraction: New work by five American painters
Exhibition opens Nov. 7


The Anderson Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of everyday abstraction: contemporary abstract painting on view November 7th through January 23rd.

Curated by Benjamin Gardner, Drake professor of art and design, everyday abstraction celebrates the visual grammar of abstraction. While a common critique of abstraction in art is that it is impenetrable, Gardner contends that abstraction is “actually one of the most powerful forms of constructing and conveying meaning.” In bringing together work by five contemporary American painters, everyday abstraction showcases ways the world often communicates in a non-straightforward way – and work by artists that are responding accordingly.


Take, for example, work by Los Angeles-based, Las Vegas-born painter Brian Porray. Porray’s canvases are saturated with bold color organized around ambiguous structures of diagonal lines. Spray paint, synthetic polymer and layered paper create anxiety that permeates his work, tension-laden both in media and in composition. At times his canvases recall computer graphics from the late ‘80s, paired with the overwhelming inundation of the senses one might experience on the Vegas strip; together, they convey a consciousness of the chaos and disorganization of our world.


While Porray’s work boldly looks out upon 21st century experience, Andrea Ferrigno’s work turns inward. Ferrigno, a Galesburg, Ill.-based artist, uses her work to investigate what she terms the “existential terrain” of image making.  Looking to philosophy, literature and the natural sciences, Ferrigno uses abstracted organic forms to express natural systems and patterns.


Three additional artists are featured in the show: Megan Kathol Bersett of Bloomington, Ill.; Jered Sprecher of Knoxille, Tenn.; and Margaret Crowley of Chicago, Ill.


Everyday abstraction will open with a public reception on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Gardner and two of the exhibiting artists, Brian Porray and Megan Kathol Bersett, will conduct an informal Q&A at 6:15 p.m. in the gallery.




Jered Sprecher

Parachute, 2012

Oil on linen

32 x 20 inches

Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY