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Meet local artist Tom Relth at Second Story Gallery during First Friday July 7th, 5 -8 pm and enjoy complimentary refreshments and the music of keyboardist Brad Jensen.
The painter combines abstract brush strokes with actual representations from nature, hoping to guide viewers to see what he calls his hypothetical landscapes. He will be exhibiting these windows into the world at Second Story Gallery from
July 7 through 29.
"My work is at once abstract and representational. I work in abstract landscape, and of my experience, hoping to guide our survival mechanisms to “read” the painting as a kind of window into this hypothetical landscape.
By tackling the picture plane, first based upon that experience, I attempt to capture an illusion of space within the accompanying foreground. Within this, using the natural elements of representation as clues, one perceives a place to explore. Here, there are no actual trees, leaves, or rocks or other “clues”. There is no trail. There is no horizon line. Yet, within these colors, there is a place to go. Hopefully, I reach a complexity as in nature.
The works attempt to share a vision of the rational and representational, but also the unseen and unspoken spiritual spaces of the creation. The color choice in the works may evoke synesthetic associations in the viewer. If one remains quiet with the paintings, it is possible to sense a kind of silent music.” - Tom Relth