RAW: Primal Abstract Expressions



Primal Abstract Expressions

December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

Opening Reception on Friday, December 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibition Statement: The androgynous figures featured in "RAW: Primal Abstract Expressions" suggest the contemplative world that lies within, beneath the color, drama and contradictions of the world outside. Stripped down to its most elemental form and rendered in earthy monotone, each figure invites us to return to our interiority and thus to encounter what is most real and raw in our own nature.

Kelly Moncur: Kelly Moncur is a Montana-born artist who live-in the Flathead Valley and works in mixed media sculpture. Although she studied art and photography at the University of Montana, Kelly is largely self-taught.  Her sculpture is a collaboration of wire , paper mach'e, plaster, ceramics, found objects. In 2005 her work was featured at the Bigfork Museum's show "The Folks Next Door: Folk Art in Montana."  In addition to shows and galleries and museums, Kelly's work has been highly prized by collectors and designers.

As an artist, I cannot keep myself from seeing. Whether I want to or not, my eyes are always examining and investigating the world around me—birds landing in a distant tree, ants rebuilding their home, friends struggling to connect. To the observant eye, nothing is hidden. Who we are, what we want, what we feel—everything is spoken by the physical form long before the words emerge. Grief, excitement, contemplation show themselves not just in our facial expression, but in the way we move or in the angle of our posture.

Kage Harp: Art is my way of communicating without words. Splitting my time under the Big Skies of Montana and on the beautiful coastal waters of the Gulf Coast has infused my work with the rhythms of nature and an expansive sense of space. I choose to work non-figuratively because the process allows me the freedom to explore unforeseen aspects of myself. I am passionate about connecting to my inner world through my art.

Sondra Hines