In the world of psychology, abstract thinking is defined as the ability to think about objects, principles, and ideas that are not physically present. It’s related to symbolic thinking, which uses the substitution of a symbol for an object or idea. Abstract thinkers are interested in the deeper meaning of things.
As an abstract painter, I live in this world of metaphor. We create relationships between visual symbols for abstract concepts such as freedom, dominance, solitude. The ability to think abstractly is also associated with the ability to transfer what is learned from one context to another. I think that’s why so many painters consider their work a spiritual practice…they learn about themselves through their practice.
But even if you’re a more concrete thinker, you might enjoy color for the sake of color, shapes because they’re curvy, or geometric, and texture because it’s interesting.
Either way, please join me Friday evening, May 17th, for the opening of a solo exhibition of my work, titled, Abstract Thinking at the Oxford Art’s Alliance. You won’t see a Brandywine Valley landscape, but you might experience the feeling of a summer day in the country. You won’t see any Chester County barns, but you might discover texture that feels like an old, weathered barn. Do you feel me? I’ll see you there!
Opening Reception: May 17th, 5-8 pm
Oxford Arts Alliance
38 S Third St
Oxford, Pennsylvania 19363
Closing Reception: May 31st, 6-8 pm