Abstract artwork on display at Bannister March 25 to April 22

Ruth Dealy, 'Self Portrait – with Hand'
The Bannister Gallery exhibition “Abstraction in Providence,” featuring the work of Mahler Ryder, Lloyd Martin, Ruth Dealy, Irene Lawrence and Donna Bruton, will run from March 25 to April 22.

The show’s opening reception will be on Thursday, March 25, from 5-8 p.m.

Video preview

Abstraction in art is a well-considered genre that crosses over the bounds of realism and nonobjective expression. The works in this exhibition seek to describe these two divergent considerations that focus on this expressive modality of work.

Lloyd Martin and Mahler Ryder employ strategies whose narrative is derived from a real-world reference that considers a compositional blueprint as an underpinning. They eloquently express a cadence that is rhythmic, mathematical and ordered in context.

Irene Lawrence, 'For 3 Voices'
Donna Bruton, Ruth Dealy, and Irene Lawrence create works that move in and out of depictions that connect with the “figure” in both a literal fashion and oftentimes with a metaphoric reference. These three artists continue to evoke a visual dialogue replete with hierologic references that consider the formal and the aesthetic as their collective dialogue.

An essay accompanies the exhibition written by Judith Tolnick Champa, an independent curator based in Providence.

The exhibition is curated by Bannister gallery director James Montford.

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m., or by appointment with the gallery director. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at www.ric.edu/Bannister or call (401) 456-9765.

Bannister preview – spring 2010