This exhibition features six artists who are "shapers", that is, engaged in the uninterrupted activity of shaping. They embrace the inherent uncertainty of the process, exploring tenuous relations and contrasts of medium, surface, color, and physicality. As individual artists, they share a strong affinity for the metaphoric potency of abstraction, and the power of the charged object. In the diversity of their various investigations, their work conveys a rich range of approaches to this shared poetic impulse. Their constant conviction is to the necessity of giving shape.
Steven Alexander explores the constant flux of sensory events in nature and in human perception. He is interested in the interaction between the painting and the viewer’s sensibility, as well as the painting’s potential to generate unspecified mobile meaning. Color operates in his work as a pure dynamic, capricious and evocative energy. The surfaces emphasize the sensual nature of the painting process, and the simple iconic configurations propose or imply archetypal tensions and dualities as interdependent aspects of an animate whole.