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Exhibition: Rhythm of Color by Brian Potter
April 24, 2015 - May 31, 2015
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is pleased to announce “Rhythm of Color,” an exhibition of paintings by Brian Potter. In this series of paintings, Mr. Potter uses lines and planes of color, usually very chromatic, in rhythmic combinations. Sometimes these planes overlap, creating a sense of implied depth and mystery. Generally, the colors pulsate foward, generating a playful energy. There is a balance struck between the emotional content of color association, and the intellectual qualities of hard edge painting.
An Opening Reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 6 – 8 pm. The exhibition will remain on display through the end of May.
During the opening reception, from 6:30 – 7 pm, there will be a live art happening organized by CRS Gallery Director Rie Nishimura and painter Robin Ann Meyer. The event celebrates the somatic nature of painting, allowing the audience to experience the roles that kinetic energy and physical abilities/limitations play in the creative process. Moving dynamically around a large shared canvas, Ms. Nishimura will paint with her bare hands while Ms. Meyer will paint holding her brush with her feet.
I see abstract art as having almost limitless possibilities—and my plan is to explore these possibilities as thoroughly as possible. While it is usual for most artists to find a style and then refine it through variations, I hope to reference or create as many abstract styles as possible—in order to create a strong coherent range. To me this has something to do with the essence of abstraction—to distill essences as the basis for imagery and to experiment with these essential qualities in different combinations; the results can lead down different paths, and one of my challenges is integrating these paths wherever possible. In time, through experience along these lines, I hope to invent much new imagery and expand upon my ideas. Ideas are very important to me. Once I establish an idea in a painting, I try to move forward and build on this idea—perhaps adding more ideas or shifting along dimensional lines. This allows my painting to evolve organically and spontaneously. I prefer this, rather than following a plan from beginning to end.
Ultimately, I hope to tell my story of abstract visual thought, which explores ideas and their expression. Some of the issues explored are: structure, shape, space, design, proportion, color, texture, sensuality, and paint itself. I have had many exhibitions in shows, galleries, and museums, across the United States.