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Reception and Artist Talk with Andrea Really

Date(s) - 10/13/2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Join us to meet artist Andrea Really and hear her talk about her First Floor Ramp Gallery exhibit, “How to Play.” The event is free to attend. Andrea will talk about her work and her process as well as answer questions about the exhibition. Andrea’s reception will begin at 4:00 PM, with an Artist Talk at 5:00 PM.
About the artist:
The bold colors, chaotic textures, and childlike gestures of Andrea Really’s work are unmistakably iconic after first introduction. Her paintings and drawings appear as if they were pulled from a toybox, dipped in crayola paint, then scrambled on a computer program. Nostalgic childhood imagery is scattered throughout her compositions, while maintaining a surreal and cryptic atmosphere. She strives for an aesthetic that lies in the disorienting void between a mature and youthful taste, while the mood blurs between celebration and confusion. The work is a reflection of Andrea’s vision through primary-colored lenses, and embracing difficulties through youthful exuberance.
From the artist:
How to Play is a collection of expressionist paintings that depict the visceral sensation of aimless frolic and experimentation. Play is something that exists for its own sake. It is the act of engaging full-heartedly without any means to an end. Through play we can find solutions without seeking out, or even thinking about, any problems. As adults, we often lose the many natural methods of play that we once had during childhood.These paintings embrace the themes of play though traditional childhood imagery such as toys and playgrounds, and push them through a surrealist and abstract process. They highlight the artistic abilities of a childlike mindset while using a child’s own medium.
Crayon-like pastel markings, building block style shapes, naive drawings, and chaotic patterns embrace the reckless abandon of playtime. The paintings of adult women exploring playgrounds reflect the artist’s desire for freedom of exploration, void of adult connotations. The sculptural pieces reveal the process of play though composition, arrangement and dimensional space. The work as a whole unabashedly indulges in the innocent optimism of a bright and fresh mindset.
As we grow older, we celebrate maturity. We admire that which we deem we are mature enough for. Yet how often do we take a moment to turn back, and welcome what we deem we are too mature for? To unleash one’s inner play, we must turn back to that which is simplistic, juvenile, effortless, fatuous, easy and pure. To play, we must try. Try enthusiastically, fearlessly, and pointlessly. Link: