Brilliant Optics: A Spectrum of Mediums and Color

Brilliant Optics is an exhibit of contemporary work by national artists that hinges on the dominant theme of color. Each of the exhibiting artists are unafraid of brightness, vibrant hues, and pumping up color saturation. The art in this exhibition share intense layers of color for an invigorating optical experience.

This exhibit revolves around color, a simple word but a complex theme. This concept was the guiding force for Josef Zimmerman's curatorial journey throughout the United States to find the most adventurous use of color by today's artists. What he found in the best work was that great use of color transcended mediums, and that subject matter and genre didn't alone unify the work.

Nine artists from four states, Australia, and Canada use acrylic, oil, screen-printing, aerosol, photography and ink to demonstrate Zimmerman's cohesive vision of color. With this vision of unbounded color to govern his curating, an unexpected pattern emerged from this collection of work. Because of the bold colors, each artist's subject matter was that much more active and dynamic, forming a kinship between these artists that until this exhibition, was unknown.

Zimmerman says, "Color has the power to seduce us and the power to repulse us. What we know is that color can be a powerful symbol that plays a critical role in our visual world. Color makes us love things we see or it can do the opposite. Like an upbeat song with heartbreaking lyrics, bright, bold color can dramatically alter how we perceive the subject matter of artwork."

Rent this exhibit:

Contents: 21 works of varying media; text and object labels.
Supplemental materials: Educational and promotional resources.
Fee: $5,000 plus one-way shipping
Sizes: Various - please inquire for checklist.
Security: Moderate
Shipping: Standard Art Shipping
Tour: February 2017 and after

Contact Lauren Wolfer at 260.422.6467 or lauren.wolfer@fwmoa.org with your inquiries.


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