June 8, 2013


After seeing an online advertisement earlier in the week that looked really great, I had planned to attend the New Jersey Renaissance Faire today (I really like the whole medieval theme), but, unfortunately, Tropical Storm Andrea lingered here through the morning. So, instead of spending the day in the mud with knights and jesters, I decided to pull out the most artsy-fartsy shirt in my wardrobe and pass the muggy afternoon indoors at the Nassau County Museum of Art. The exhibit on display at this time is called "AB-EX/RE-CON" or Abstract Expressionism Reconsidered.

As the museum's brochure explains, in "reconsidering" this artistic movement, the showcase attempts to celebrate some of popular artists of the time while also taking a closer look at some of the lesser known painters of the post-war era. I very much enjoyed browsing through the galleries of these non-representational images, some of which are very large and take up entire walls. Mostly created during the late 40s through the 60s, these paintings are colorful, lively, and quite fascinating. I really drew a lot of inspiration from this exhibit. While I was there, a lot of cool ideas kept popping into my head, lines of poetry and such.

Fritz Bultman
Blue Triptych

Jon Schueler
Small Painting #3

Joseph Fiore

Hans Hofmann
Black Form

Milton Resnick
Much Like

Stan Brodsky
Tuscan Series #11

Rita Rogers
Untitled (No. 0006)

Michael Loew
The Beginning

Conrad Marca-Relli

Leonard Nelson
The Empty Bed

One other highlight of the exhibit that I found very interesting is a Hans Namuth film from 1950 that shows Jackson Pollock at work on some pieces and describing his creative process. As the movie was set on a loop, I sat on the bench and watched it a few times. AB-EX/RE-CON will be on display through June 16. May your week ahead be a work of art! Love & light...

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit
you may abound in hope."

~Romans 15:13