Upstream People Gallery

10th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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Welcome to the "10th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition" which highlights a number of artists' works from the semiabstract and nonobjective to the purely abstract. Remarkably this show includes artists from China, Ireland, Japan, Belgium and the Republic of Tchad in Chad as well as artists from various parts of North America, including Canada.

According to Wikipedia, "Abstraction is the process or result of generalization by reducing the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, typically in order to retain only information which is relevant for a particular purpose".

Furthermore "Most typically abstraction is used in the arts as a synonym for abstract art in general. Strictly speaking, it refers to art unconcerned with the literal depiction of things from the visible can, however, refer to an object or image which has been distilled from the real world, or indeed, another work of art. Artwork that reshapes the natural world for expressive purposes is called abstract; that which derives from, but does not imitate a recognizable subject is called nonobjective abstraction. In the 20th century the trend toward abstraction coincided with advances in science, technology, and changes in urban life, eventually reflecting an interest in psychoanalytic theory....Later still, abstraction was manifest in more purely formal terms, such as color, freed from objective context, and a reduction of form to basic geometric designs".

Those artists who clearly capture the essence of abstraction in one way or another have been selected for this showcase. Nearly 300 entries were submitted and the works that are strongly expressive in terms of rather striking visual relationships are as follows:

JIM BARRY of Pasadena, California in "Neural Self Portrait" uses technology to produce a painting in open space with tracked VR glasses. This somewhat loosely interwoven movement is enticing when considering that it was done with mechanical means.

DAVID H. CHANDLER of Franklin, Indiana uses photography to capture the unusual reflections of the subject as in his piece "Santa Fe Kaleidoscope" which shows radial undulations.

RAY CHEN of Terre Haute, Indiana continues his natural orchestrations of the Mother and Child theme. Especially strong is his number two in the series.

CHERYL CONLEY of West Hartford, Connecticut considers "photo illustrating" to devise somewhat surrealistic situations. One of the best is "Awesome Surfer" in that the surfer is in a sand environment rather than on water.

IOANA DATCU of Vermont, Illinois whimsically moves about the canvas with her oil paintings creating some elaborate movements in the warm colors of "Still Life" and the warm and cool colors of "Waterfall".

MATTHEW DAVIS of Cape Coral, Florida has a fanciful way of working in watercolor especially noted in his works "Hearts Wild" and "Orchestrated Melody".

LUDWIG (DOC) DOCHTERMANN of Bedford, New York uses recycled metal to create some dynamic sculptures which include "Auto Body", which is an interesting title; as well as "Autovane"; and "Fender Frolic".

MAYUKO FUJINO of Taitou-ku, Tokyo, Japan creates rather fluid works with flowing linear passages. Quite nice is the work "Entrancement" with the cool coloration.

WILLIAM H. (BILL) FULK of Centennial, Colorado has a signature style with his crisp dark outlining. Quite interesting is the interplay found in his acrylic piece entitled "Sueno Azteca".

AMRAO S. GILL of Billerica, Massachusetts masterfully creates a fantastic display of wonderful imaginative abstract landscapes. Of particular note is the "My Land My People #2182", "My Land My People #2232" and "My Land My People #2233", the latter two rich also in polychrome.

MICHAEL GRIESGRABER of Las Vegas, Nevada has made some bold visual statements with his use of high tonal contrasts with yellow and gold coloration. Especially strong is "Big Wheels II" in acrylic.

LYNN HILL of Kirkland, Illinois finds abstraction in the everyday genre of the surrounding environment. The digital photograph "Late Afternoon" shows a fine subtlety of tonal variations.

BETTY JAMESON of Austin, Texas is a true abstractionist and delivers four handsome pieces for this show. Quite arresting is her vibrant watercolor called "Wild Forest" with its outstanding color contrasts.

HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia takes photography to another level. Quite intriguing are those works with shadows as seen in "Hold on Tight to Your Dreams" and another work called "Offering". Also wonderful and rather playful is his color photograph "Yellow Submarine".

JESS JORDAN of Belgrade, Montana meticulously captures an awesome expression of "Spirit" which stands out strongly in Prismacolor. The delicate inner workings are quite energetic.

PAULA B. LANTZ of Alexandria, Virginia has a mature command of textural richness in all her works in the show. Those specially appealing are "Backward Glance", "Trio" and "Waiting". The contrasts of color tonality help to stage the dramatic effects.

PETER MADZELAN of Lincoln, Nebraska creates a somewhat spontaneous work: "Swimming Color" in acrylic gains respect, even though it's six inches square, because of its wonderful color and linear movements.

MICHAEL MARTINO of Dover, New Jersey creates nuance after nuance with his fine ink works as seen in "Chimerical Landscape #3" and "Chimerical Landscape #4".

JOHN NOLAN of Dublin, Ireland brings power to his work by the brilliance of color and the direct simplicity. The twelve inch square format also strengthens his work. Of special recognition are "Jazz Process 3", "Palimpsest 008" and "Palimpsest 010" even though all of his works are great in the group.

GWENLYN NORTON of Oak View, California uses different media and in her oil painting called "Party Time" she creates an active interplay of all the art elements in a rather buoyant orchestration of variables.

ANNE SCHUTTE of Tempe, Arizona uses various media with linear passages that dance across the space. "Diagonal" is rich in delightful movement.

SUSAN STARK of Venice, Florida has several very original works in silk dupioni and organza. Of particular note is the work entitled "Two Trees" which is a fine abstraction of the subject matter.

THOMAS TEAMOH of Chongqing City, PRC, China has a special darkroom technique and incorporates digital color manipulation. Quite strong is his work "Untitled Abstract" (2) in the primary triadic scheme with the bold dark areas.

So, those are some of the artists and their works that spark a level of special interest. Thank you for viewing all the selected works in this international showcase which will continue for a whole year.


Larry Bradshaw
Professor of Art, Curator of Upstream People Gallery