Exhibits, City Picks

A Painted Reality

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 17 2010

Are you a Jackson Pollock fan, or more of a Degas kind of person? Or if you’re neutral and like both realism and the abstract in your art, Eye Level Art’s latest exhibit, A Painted Reality, will be a visual feast for you. “I began with this idea that I would somehow combine classical realism with abstract painting,” says Christopher Dotson, whose work will be shown alongside that of Evan Armstrong. Initially, Dotson was going to go it alone, destroying his personal realistic work in order to step out of his comfort zone. Then ELA’s Mike Elder suggested bringing Evan Armstrong into the show. “I knew Evan’s work to be completely abstract, so we came up with the idea of opposing forces in art,” Dotson says. He adds that the show’s theme reflects that there’s no superior form of art. Instead, a world of pluralism exists, and the most important lesson in art is inward and outward observation. “I can’t speak to the reasons that Evan paints or what his paintings mean, but he has a great eye for pure form and color,” Dotson says. “I paint out of confusion — begin confused, end less confused, and then paint again. His work is obviously, completely abstract. Mine is somewhere between two worlds.” —Susan Cohen

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