Abstruction presents works of contemporary abstraction that address narrativity, architecture, and craft.
The title references a re-emergence of abstraction as a vital, widespread language that elaborates on concepts of artistic expression rooted in constructivism. From the inseparability of content and form to an underlying optimism that art might prepare a state of mind able “to construct, coordinate and perfect” rather than “destroy, disintegrate and deteriorate” (Naum Gabo, “The Constructive Idea in Art”), constructivist ideals focused on art as a real act, as a form of expression rather than one of philosophy or knowledge.
Abstruction considers the currency of these ideals through an experience of abstraction featuring new and recent works in painting, sculpture, textile, and video.
Abstruction is curated by Eungie Joo, Gallery Director & Curator, CalArts Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles.