The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University will host an opening reception Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. for Chromatic Dynamism: Color and Motion, an exhibition curated by Niagara University students. This exhibition was organized by Laura Brownlie and Gina DelGreco, NU seniors in Professor Marian Granfield’s Introduction to Museum Studies course, offered through Niagara University’s new undergraduate degree in Art History with Museum Studies. For more information about this exciting new degree program, visit Niagara University’s website.
The artists featured in this exhibition include Charles Clough, Susan Copley, Sonia Delaunay, Friedel Dzubas, Paul Jenkins, Michael Kessler, Robert Martin, Joe Neill, Leonardo Nierman and Jonathan Santlofer. While each works in a personal and distinctive style, all share a concern for color, space and movement in these powerful abstract works. However, what caught the attention of the student curators was the way that they used color to achieve the sense of motion and, for many, velocity in their work. The arrangement and combination of colors, and the perceived movement and dynamism that results appears to be the subject of these works.
The concept of liberating color from merely descriptive purposes is not a new invention. Since the late 19th century, artists have used color for its expressive qualities, whether to communicate an emotion or produce an optical effect. By turning color into the subject of the painting, the pigment seems to take on a life of its own. The resulting synergy created between color and its perceived movement is the centerpiece of this exhibition.
Chromatic Dynamism: Color and Motion runs through May 21, 2013. For more information, contact Marian Granfield at 716.286.8367.