The Detroit Artists Market

Featured Exhibition – Abstraction: Artist | Viewer | Dialog

Abstraction: Artist | Viewer | Dialog

May 01, 2015 - May 30, 2015

May 1 – May 30, 2015

The Detroit Artists Market is pleased to present ABSTRACTION: Artist|Viewer|Dialog, a group exhibition juried by Lester Johnson, prolific Detroit artist and former professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies. On view May 1 through May 30, 2015, Abstraction delivers a sensory experience of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art created by 38 Detroit-area artists. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, May 1 with a reception from 6-9 p.m.


ABSTRACTION: Artist|Viewer|Dialog explores Abstraction and the essence of the art for art’s sake movement. Abstraction, sprouting from seeds such as Whistler’s “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” and further developing in the early years of the twentieth century, finds its first formal expression in Cubism and Russian Constructivism. It quickly evolved into many directions; Futurism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, the Bauhaus School, abstract and lyrical expressionism, Minimalism, Color Field painting, and Op art. Forms became bombastic and emotive, structured and disciplined, minimal and meditative. In an age when contemporary society bombards us with a multitude of images daily, often drawing from us quick impulse responses, abstraction takes a different course. The intent of the visual output is not often readily apparent and the viewer is required to use intellect and reasoning; having to draw from their own experience to make a connection with the artwork. Thus we sought out artists who push boundaries and find their strengths in this movement.


“Abstraction is improvisational with layers of meaning and a search for truth. A search for self-awareness. A lyrical blending of connected memory and interpretive thoughts. Listening to your inner voice makes abstraction your reality.” – Lester Johnson

Juror - Lester Johnson
A native Detroiter, he received both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Johnson recently retired after thirty-five years as a professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. During his long and productive career as a renowned fine artist, Johnson has exhibited his work in the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York as well as numerous galleries both national and international.

Exhibiting Artists
Harold Allen, Kathleen Arkles, Jeanne Bieri, Holly Branstner, Aimee Cameron, Barbara Dorchen, Biz Drouillard, Denise I. Dunn, Linda Ferguson, Marcia Freedman, Deborah Friedman, Bruce Giffin, Dennis Guastella, Janet Hamrick, Robert Hansen, Carole Harris, Katie Hawley, Bill Jackson, Meighen Jackson, Ray Katz, Janet Kelman, Kip Kowalski, Vic Lupu, Laura Makar, Michael McNeil, Alice Moss, Marcyanna Parzych, Brian Pitman, Marcia Polenberg, David Rubello, Lindy Shewbridge, Richard Skelton, Dolores Slowinski, Ann Smith, Roshan Toma, Rick Vian, George Vidas and Mark Zapico.