Contemporary Cape Cod Artists Book Review - A Beautiful Display of Conceptual Art

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Contemporary Cape Cod Artists on Abstraction, from Deborah Forman and Schiffer Books, presents forty-five Cape Cod Artists, who provide a varied range of interpretation and application of abstraction, the concept of canvas, and the inspiration that motivates.

 

Forman, an art expert who over the last forty years has spent countless hours interviewing the scores of artists who make Cape Cod their home, narrowed the focus as she has in previous books and chose artists dedicated to the art of abstraction, with its many interpretations and applications and dedicating pages of this specialty book to highlight their work, inspiration and finished product.

In her introduction, Forman explains the concept of abstraction, which in reality should be without boundaries, and yet as she states, "Looking for something familiar, something they can latch onto, some people have difficulty with abstract art. They prefer images that evoke a reality for them, a figure, a still life, a landscape. We are so visually grounded to the life around us that we look for it in a piece of art as well. Many find comfort in identifying an object or person they can relate to."

Which, of course, is the reason many pause with a simple passing curiosity over the peculiarities that compose Abstract art. The idea of subjectivity, that in and of itself, can be unnerving much like encouraging child to color outside the lines.

Digital photography, a collage of metal teethed wheels, rotating counterclockwise, a canvass of dripping colors, each blending into the other, intricate geometric multi-colored designs, the application of abstraction can be seen in a myriad of designs.

Contemporary Cape Cod Artists brings to the pages forty-five of these artists who don't see a traditional canvas necessary in order to create the abstraction art. Looking through the 208 pages, which provide more than 400 examples of abstraction, it becomes obvious that like beauty, abstraction art is in the eye of the beholder.

Grouping artists together under the inspiration that motivate them. Sections include: A World of Differences, Blooming Colors, Space Travel, A Multitude of Directions, Focus on Form, Nature's Many Moods, Going with the Flow, A Brush with Life, and Moving On.

Artists include James Balla, Willima Hemmerdinger, Grace Hopkins, Duoling Huang, Vicky Tomayko, Michelle Weinberg, Howard E. Barnes, Kate Nelson, Erna Partoll, Betty Carmell Savenor, Michael Carroll, Peter Macara, Carol Odell, Sara David Ringler, Milisa Galazzi, Jane Lincoln, Duane Slick, Helen Miranda Wilson, George Xoing, Bailey Bob Bailey, Naomi Marks Cohan, James Doherty, Tom Odell, Anna Poor, Mike Wright, Jen Bradley, Ernie Bynum, Joerg Dressler, Elizabeth Embler, Joyce Utting Schutter, Luanne E. Witkowski, Barbara E. Cohen, Marty Davis, Irene Lipton, Sarah Lutz, James Musto, Kathleen Sidwell, Sarah Dineen, Betty Carroll Fuller, Bao Lede, James Wolf, Michael Giaquinto, Gina Kamentsky and Jan Lhormer.

An introduction accompanies each of the artist, which provides personal insight into their own art history, how this passion overtook them, background, and a brief review of the artists own application of abstraction.

Some of the work presented doesn't fit the modernists imagined definition of abstraction, a undefinable, nontraditional and for canvas works, no realized form. And yet what is presented defies that concept. Varied interpretations, some with no form other with clear defined boundaries which doesn't seem to fit the concept of abstraction, or at least the narrow interpretation of "abstract."

The genre it seems has an interpretation within an interpretation, much like the Russian Nesting dolls, all are dolls and yet each is different even as each is the same.

Thumbing through the gallery of artists displayed many works jump off the pages including Erna Partoll's ink drawings, a collection of vivid, eye-popping colors, sectioned under Blooming Colors, that may be easily interpreted.

 

In Focus on Form Bailey Bob Bailey uses acrylic on panels, woods, plastics and aluminum tape to presents his interpretation of Abstract art.

Mike Wright, who also is sectioned under Focus on Form, uses painted wood and implements a color palette that would seem to be derived from the local surroundings, the blue of the sea and sky, the fire red of a summer sunset, golden yellow, orange and blue representing any summer day. The symmetry of the work is meant to invoke a calm, much like island life.

Nature's Many Moods presents the work of Luanne Witkowski, who admits her work "is grounded in landscape." Utilizing mixed media she creates seascapes, and as nature can bring all four seasons in one day, the seven pieces represent the seasons of Cape Cod.

The eight pieces provided by Barbara Cohen, who is sectioned under Going with the Flow, utilize an wide use of modern concepts to create her art. Neon lights and oil on sailcloth are featured with neon lights represented through photography and the oil paintings are the interpretation of the neon lights.

A Brush with Life includes the artist James Wolf who sees a traditional canvas with undefinable expression. The eight pieces chosen show a variety of watercolors on paper each with as he says "I'm influenced by too many things." His work, The Conscious Rhythm of My Thoughts, from 2012 shows the truth of that statement as the canvas, different palettes, with small uncolored pauses, black streaks of mental deletions, defined, without real definition, the rhythm, the movement of thought as the world of messaging passes through the light source daily.

Contemporary Cape Cod Artists on Abstraction is the third in a trilogy by Deborah Forman with Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, and Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of People and Places the first two. She is also the author of Perspectives on the Provincetown Art Colony.

Contemporary Cape Cod Artists on Abstraction, originally published in 2015, is available through SchifferBooks and at fine book store everywhere.

Haute Tease

  • Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Ziad Nakad Fall/Winter 2017/18 Couture Collection – The Snow Crystal Forest

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ziad Nakad, the Lebanese born Haute Couture fashion designer, wowed the invited guests fortunate enough to secure an invitation to the sought-after designer’s Fall and Winter 2017/2018 Paris Haute Couture show titled The Snow Crystal Forest.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Putin Vaca; Mueller’s Grand Jury; North Korea; Minnesota Extremism; Solar Eclipse; Sam Shepard

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump has left the building and relocated for a working vacation over the next seventeen days to his Southern Jersey Golf Course, while the White House West Wing undergoes much needed and previously approved renovations.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Glenn Close, and Cast of The Wife, Stirs Up the OSCAR Race

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Glenn Close, the star of the recently released The Wife, has been nominated for an Oscar six times, more than any other actress without a win, and as time escapes no one, the meaty performances that woo Academy voters are slower in arriving.

     
  • CharityStars: Limited Edition Ferrari Michael Schumacher Memorabilia Offered For Auction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Ferrari F2004 was not only one of the most successful, but also one of the most iconic Ferrari Formula 1 cars of all time, being the very last model that was designed by the all-conquering Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne duo, under the leadership of Jean Todt.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, G7, Agenda; Election; Egypt Air; Syria Bombings; Cosby in Court; Bob Dylan

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The leaders of the G7 met this week in Ise Shima Japan to reiterate their commitments to advance major global economic and political agenda guided by a set of common values based on freedom, democracy, respect for human rights.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Lorenzo di Bonaventura: A Hit Producing Machine

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SALT, the espionage thriller from Sony Entertainment and Columbia Pictures, starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor is savoring a summer of sweet success as it retains its box office flavor.

     
  • THE EXPENDABLES 2, an Action Packed Revenge Driven Sequel, from LIONSGATE and Millennium Films

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE EXPENDABLES 2, led by Sylvester Stallone and his team of Expendables, is set to explode into the box office with the action packed revenge driven sequel, from LIONSGATE and Millennium Films.

     
  • HL Wellness: Do You Need A Therapist -These 5 Signs Point to Yes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    You lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, a pet or get into an accident, have an injury, gain weight, have a baby, return from war or experience something else that just rattles you to your core. You know something isn’t right, you feel a bit off, but continue living your life thinking you’ll get over it. We all have been there and often with time we do get over it, sort of.

     
  • PT’s Entertainment Group to Host Grand Opening Celebration for New PT’s Gold Location

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    PT's Entertainment Group will commemorate the grand opening of its 60th tavern, PT's Gold, located at 8985 Blue Diamond Road, with a celebration including discounts on food and drinks from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.  

  • The Fall of the American Empire Review – Riveting, A Race Against Time Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Fall of the American Empire, from Sony Pictures Classics, brings to the screen a smart, riveting, pulsating film resonating with sarcasm and indictments on society, and presenting fate intersect the ultimate test of good and evil.

     
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble Review – Bravo, Magnifique, A Masterpiece

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, from The Orchard and Participant Media, debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival, to rave reviews of the power of music, in all its forms, to bridge cultural differences and divides.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Begins Economic Whistle Stop; Syrian Weapons Aid Approved; NYC Mayoral Race; Kennedy Nominated

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has spent the week pitching his economic reform package geared toward strengthening the middle class and assisting those financially weakened by the lingering recession move closer to economic recovery and security.

     
  • L'Union Européenne Aurait-elle Perdu sa Tête?

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Alors qu'approche le scrutin destiné à renouveler le parlement éponyme, il apparaît que l'Union Européenne peine à établir une pensée et une idéologie communes. Carence préjudiciable qui l'empêche d'avancer comme elle souhaiterait. Explications.  

  • Prive Executive Private Jets - The Ultimate Luxury Experience

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Soar through the skies to the world’s finest destinations with Privé Jets and experience a world of endless travel possibilities in luxury and style on your next vacation. Privé Jets has planes are based in various locations around the world; we have access to the entire market place which is over 6,000 planes worldwide.

     
  • City of Ghosts Review – Riveting, A Haunting Shocking Narrative of the Islamic State

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    City of Ghosts, from Amazon Studios, A&E Indie Films and IFC Films, presents the haunting account of the take-over of Raqqa Syria by the Islamic State and the rise of the citizen activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.