This Friday, Thunder-Sky Inc. opens Infrastructure, an exhibition of works that investigate abstraction as one of the fundamental building blocks of visual art. Featuring four local artists, this show starts off the New Year with the proverbial "bang." Alex Bartenberger’s large “Pink Oil” is a soothing meditation on form and simplicity; while Bromwell’s gallery director Evan Hildebrandt’s luxurious “Side View” places a premium on agitated surface and sundry textures. Painter Chad Rasmussem employs dazzling accretions of acrylic paint in his three offerings, and Thunder-Sky artist-in-residence Michael Weber uses a variety of media to create slick-surfaced abstractions. “Swishing” is a celebration of lively, almost iridescent, color and “Looking at Flowers” scrapped and scoured surface bristles with intensity and delight.
If the works in this exhibit are any indication, 2012 looks set to be a good year for visual art. On view through Feb. 11. Opening reception is 6-10 p.m. Friday. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.