September 10 - October 11
Divergent Lines: Creativity Between Art and Architecture
Oscar Harris and Peter Pittman
March 29 - May 3
Opening Reception & Collector's Talk
Sunday, April 12, 2pm-5pm
The Imprint of African Textiles and Objects from the Collection of Michael Mack
This exhibition gives us, the viewer, a rare treat into the world of two African American architects as artists and presents examples of the ways in which they create art.
Architecture reflects the specificity of location, the social environment, a condition of life at the moment. The artwork of Oscar Harris and Peter Pittman reflects this framework in two engaging ways bridging connections between visual art and architecture.
Harris’s bold abstract and urban landscape paintings are filled with movement, color, texture and energy. One can sense the free-flowing nature of his work through the color choices and lines. Juxtaposed against Harris’s loose vibrant strokes are the meticulous sculptures of Pittman. Through a methodology, which makes the elements appear random, Pittman draws out a framework for each piece that allows him to fit the pieces together in a deliberate fashion. Pittman’s sculptures reflect the physical expressions of his architectural background but without the restraints of building for a social use. Each piece belongs solely to him.
Both bodies of work are an invitation to a captivating visual dialog. I encourage you, the viewer, to study the artworks and the ways that Harris and Pitman present an extension of themselves onto the outer world through their creations.
The art and artifacts of Africa reflect strong traditional cultures, an affinity for decorative utilitarian materials, and an evidence of deeply rooted generational aesthetics. Historically in Africa, art was seldom used for decorative purposes, but rather to give life to the values, emotions and daily customs of the various ethnic groups throughout the continent. Different materials used to make and define various pieces of African art were determined by location. However religion was the common thread that made African art and culture the perfect team. Masks, sculptures, textiles, weapons, ceramics and many other items were created with the purpose of providing insight into the unpredictable unseen world.
Culture is the history, practices and beliefs that make up a society and it is evident that African art and culture are one and the same. This exhibit provides a path to increased understanding and appreciation for African art through a historical cultural lens. The exquisite pieces painstaking and strategically acquired by avid collector Michael Mack require the viewer to step beyond aesthetics to focus on cultural awareness.
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