Curated by Natasha Boas

January 30 – February 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 - 8 pm

"In many ways abstract paintings are fictional models. They render visible what we cannot otherwise see or describe. They propose a new real to be imagined. In a world increasingly saturated by instant images, abstract painting reminds us of the unique individual mark-maker and compels a closer consideration of the process before the image. In this space of the postponement of the image that is neither directly relational or ideological, we might reflect, consider and pause.

I was struck by the abundance of abstract work in all media in Here Part I, and wanted to pose questions around the subject of Abstraction—an area of art practice that remains a through-line from modernism until now. What does it mean to think about abstraction and more specifically, what does it mean to think about abstraction in painting? The six artists selected, Katie Hawkinson, Edith Hillinger, Anthony Pinata, Nellie King Solomon, Rik Ritchey and Kimberly Rowe show a dedication in their work to the investigation of abstraction and its history—and reshape new abstraction through their unique investments in expanded practices."

--Natasha Boas

BAC invites you to a conversation with Curator Natasha Boas and BAMPFA Director Larry Rinder, titled What does it mean to think about abstraction? on Wednesday, February 24 at 6 pm.