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Priscilla Birge and Kim Thoman at SPAG Free Staff Pick One Day Only

When: Wed., March 6 2019
Hidden Prints in Motion, curated by Anne Austin, brings together artists Priscilla Birge and Kim Thoman, who treat themes from nature abstractly and expressionistically, with landscape hidden in the abstraction, and emotion emerging from color and form. Birge photographs decorative grasses planted beside a sidewalk, and digitally removes the color. The resultant “somewhat chaotic” tangles, enriched with oil pastel, transform visual conflict into “statements of active stability through balance and restraint.” There’s a sociopolitical subtext, too: only through discipline, imagination and perseverance can a society function as harmoniously as an evolved, resolved artwork. Thoman begins with digital imagery of her own paintings and drawings, which she combines with downloads of the crushed-steel auto sculptures of John Chamberlain. The Shortstop Tangled and Shortstop Revisited series feature a central square form that withstands an onslaught of abstract gesture and color, like contemporary versions of the blasted yet indefatigable oaks of Romantic landscapes.
— DeWitt Cheng


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