The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host an opening reception for "Chromatic Dynamism: Color and Motion" from 4 to 6 p.m.on Wednesday, March 20. The exhibition is curated by Niagara University students. It was organized by Laura Brownlie and Gina DelGreco, NU seniors in Professor Marian Granfield's introduction to museum studies course, offered through Niagara University's new undergraduate degree in art history with museum studies.
The artists featured in this exhibition include Charles Clough, Susan Copley, Sonia Delaunay, Friedel Dzubas, Paul Jenkins, Michael Kessler, Robert Martin, Joe Neill, Leonardo Nierman and Jonathan Santlofer. While each works in a personal and distinctive style, all share a concern for color, space and movement in these abstract works. However, what caught the attention of the student curators was the way that they used color to achieve the sense of motion and, for many, velocity in their work. The arrangement and combination of colors, and the perceived movement and dynamism that results appears to be the subject of these works.
The concept of liberating color from merely descriptive purposes is not a new invention. Since the late 19th century, artists have used color for its expressive qualities, whether to communicate an emotion or produce an optical effect. While many of the artists in this exhibition appear to work in a Neo-Expressionist style, they seem to be more focused on color as the subject of the work and not just as a prop in their adventure to discover the expressive qualities of gestural painting. By turning color into the subject of the painting, the pigment seems to take on a life of its own. The resulting synergy created between color and its perceived movement is the centerpiece of this exhibition.
"Chromatic Dynamism: Color and Motion" runs through May 21. For more information, contact Granfield at 716-286-8367.
For more information about this art history with museum studies degree program, visit www.niagara.edu/art-history-with-museum-studies.