Ken Nelson and Denise Adler, two artists that explore boundaries between abstraction and figuration in their work, are exhibiting their work in solo shows this month at Pleiades Gallery.
Here are words from Ken Nelson about his work:
PAVEMENTS is a realistic look exploring the abstractions of the surfaces beneath our feet.
It is a close-up look at the random shapes of pavement repair and markings, along with the repetition of hexagonal paving blocks found around our city park areas, which gives us the opportunity to focus on a part of the urban landscape that often goes unnoticed.
Other works utilize digital photographs of paving blocks superimposed on studio props, such as paper envelopes, empty window frames, shells, etc. creating a discourse of shapes between the real objects and the projections of the pavement.
All of these works are realistic depictions of fact. Concentrating on a close-up look at these surfaces, the resulting paintings often appear to be renderings of abstract shapes – thereby asking the question of what is reality, and what is not.