Infrastructure represents opportunity. That was the thinking of “construction clown” Raymond Thunder-Sky, the quiet, self-taught artist and downtown icon who saw possibility for improvement whenever a wrecking ball swung. In his world, police stations gave way to amusement parks.
Like a demolition crew working on a building, the artists ofInfrastructure at Thunder-Sky Inc. are stripping art to its essential elements. Through their abstract paintings, they present opportunities to reflect, marvel and dream.
“Abstract is boiling art down to its infrastructure,” says Bill Ross, co-founder of the gallery showcasing “unconventional” artists, including those with disabilities.
This exhibit in particular democratizes art and artists, as viewers inevitably make comparisons to the masters of Abstract Expressionism.
The gallery’s blog includes a quote from Richard Diebenkorn: “Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract … a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.” And the results here are very good.
Infrastructure continues at Thunder-Sky, Inc. through Feb. 11. Read Kathy Schwartz's full review here.