Saturday January 10th marked the opening night of “Pareidolia” at The Red Pipe Gallery.
The evening was brimming with talent, and with Curtis Stage, the organizer and participant behind the show as my guide, my palette expanded through the works of Adam Scott, Amy Maloof, Brian Thomas Jones, Jacob Fowler, Julie Whaley, Ryan Travis Christian and Sam Jaffe.
According the press release, “Pareidolia is essentially a fiction, a horizontal space who’s edges are not immediately perceivable, and who’s very presence is perceived as either a concrete fact, or a nebulous cluster of images, objects, reflections, and projections.”
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say the night was filled with brightly colored, highly patterned creations that made up installations and wall pieces. The artworks featured in the exhibition were fearless and intuitive with a touch of strange. The relationship between man and nature were found within the elements of each artwork. Industrial elements like concrete, plastic fibers, and steel were simultaneously mixed with organic elements such as leather and human interactions.
As the excitement of night filled the gallery I was able to ask the artists, “Why do you choose art?”
Brian Thomas Jones:
“I’ve been making things since I was a child. So I make art of some kind every day. My relatives keep wondering when I’m going to get a real job. I’m not. Making art is real to me. I could never work in a cubicle. It would kill my soul. I can’t do anything else but make art.”
“I choose art because it allows me to invent my own language, my own system of logic, my own world.”
“I chose art because it is a form of material and conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don’t understand.”
“I choose art because it pushes beyond words
Into territories unknown.
Sometimes, eerily, it moves
Into the familiar.”
“I choose art because:
Art is like a language that everyone has the possibility of speaking.
Art allows us to connect with each other and ourselves in deeper ways through creating and sharing experiences.
Art is an open environment.
Art is an endless “search engine”.”
“Why do I chose art? Because it’s easy!”
Photo coverage by Baha Danesh. Click HERE for more photos.