The exhibition features nine contemporary artists working primarily in paint. Their work doesn’t just float between pure abstraction and abstract art that takes something from the world as its starting point. Instead it negotiates this complex space and creates something new from it – processing past languages while adapting new visual information and contemporary experiences as they unfold. Far from being reductive, the work of these artists is dynamic and diverse.
The artists in this exhibition employ techniques from folk art, ideas from performance art and borrow the language of post-war abstract expressionism as readily as those of digitised computer motifs and popular culture. By adapting these different visual languages, the artists in Abstract America Today create an exciting range of work celebrating the legacy of Abstraction. Like America itself, their work is epic and expansive, loud and confident, reflecting the simultaneous brutality and romance of the big city and the big country.