pictures of nothing | the abstract art show
Intake: January 8 and 9
Opening: January 31, 2015
Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world – even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shape, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process. Abstract art, nonfigurative art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. They are similar, but perhaps not of identical meaning. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. Work submitted should be less about what the piece is “about” and more about conveying a mood-state or atmosphere, invoking thoughts or feelings, dialogue with the viewer, or simply just process. Originality and command of materials are required.
Pieces should be created to reflect these themes and additional research is encouraged. All media will be accepted.
all the feels | the touchable art show
Intake: April 2 and 3
Opening: April 25, 2015
All The Feels will be a touchable art exhibit designed to allow everyone including those who cannot see to enjoy art in a unique way. Pieces should be designed for a hands-on experience of art and the full meaning and experience of the work should require interaction and exploration from participants. All art submitted for intake comes with the premise that it can (and will) be touched.
All media will be accepted.
a sense of calm | work inspired by agnes martin
Intake: July 2 and 3
Opening: July 25, 2015
In collaboration with The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center’s exhibition Georgia O’Keefe and the Eloquent Object, Cottonwood Center for the Arts presents A Sense of Calm: Work Inspired by Agnes Martin.
As American women modernist artists Martin and O’Keefe created visions inspired by nature and a desire to capture the transcendent beauty and spirituality of life. While O’Keefe worked with lush organic forms and Martin worked with a sublime simplicity both of their work invokes intimacy and were created with stark precision. As lovers of the desert and New Mexican transplants they drew inspiration from the landscapes around them and shared an interest in illumination and transcendence.
Although often referred to as a minimalist, Martin considered herself an abstract expressionist. Minimalism in art was a reaction against the painterly subjectivity of Abstract Expressionism and tends to exclude the pictorial, illusionistic and fictive in favor of the literal. The work is set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.
Martin’s work drew on nature as the primary focus and her pieces are meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness, and love. Pieces should be created with these themes in mind and focus on intimacy, illumination, and transcendence in the spirit of Agnes Martin.
All media will be accepted.
even smaller works | the miniatures show
Intake: November 12 and 13
Opening: December 5, 2015
Miniature art is a genre that focuses on art (especially painting, engraving and sculpture) in much-smaller-than-usual sizes. An often-used definition is that a piece of miniature art is capable of being held in the palm of the hand, or that it covers less than 100 cm² (about 4 inches x 4 inches).
In many of the world’s civilizations there was a fascination with creating in small scale. Ancient Greeks adorned their walls with small murals while coins and rings often bore engraved portraits. In Persia, the shahs maintained the best artists of the day to paint the court and illustrate copies of the Qur’an and other great books, both religious and secular. Monks in the Middle Ages embellished manuscripts with delicate illuminations and bordered them with a red lead pigment called ‘minium’ from which the word ‘miniature’ later evolved.
The Elizabethan era was noted for its exquisite miniature portraits on vellum and later, ivory. Easily carried in pocket or locket, they served much as photographs do today and represented a very personal form of art.
Contemporary miniaturists work in a variety of media and explore limitless subject matter and styles.
All pieces submitted must be 4 inches by 4 inches or smaller. No photography will be accepted for this show.