SOUTHERN ABSTRACTION: 

Works by carlee arnold & jenness LASaTER

“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes...” - Arshile Gorky


Ocean Waves I & II, mixed media on two canvas panels, 30 x 40 in., each canvas panel; 64 x 42 in., framed as shown

Ocean Waves I & II, mixed media on two canvas panels, 30 x 40 in., each canvas panel; 64 x 42 in., framed as shown


Claire Elizabeth Gallery is pleased to present a dual exhibition, Feb. 1 – Mar. 18, 2018 with an artist reception on Saturday, February 17th from 6-8pm. The exhibition titled Southern Abstraction is a journey of abstract forms and patterns found in the world around us and perceived by the mind’s eye.

Spider webs, ripples in the sand & blue crests of waves are all forms we, as viewers, conceptualize through pattern and form. Nature is awash with abstraction that we piece into images and over time, these images become part of our visual landscape. Whether conscious or not, what we see in shapes and colors reflect our experiences and memories.

In the work of Jenness Lasater, we see undulating lines of blue, green, silver and gold that conjure up memories of searching for found objects in nature like a child on a visual scavenger hunt. In contrast, Carlee Arnold uses bold strokes of blue, green and highlights of gold to show the drama of water in all of its forms from the rush of waves in the ocean to the fragmented segments of breaking ice. Arnold’s work is about exploration of color, form and the richness of water that surrounds us.

Southern Abstraction is an exhibition of color, energy and life captured by Arnold & Lasater – two female artists working & painting in the South. In keeping with the abstract form most of the works are created in mixed media with materials ranging from liquid leading to gold leaf. The “mixed” media reinforces the sense of discovery and the drama of the abstract. Claire Elizabeth Gallery welcomes guests to experience the abstract works in person and create their own visions.