Opening Reception | Friday, February 10 from 7 – 10pm
Open to the Public
In this show, the work is very different then what Powell has exhibited in the past and even in his last show “Golden Guts” at The bemisUNDERGROUND. This new direction, Josh rethinks painting and the subjects that he has painted prior to this exhibition. Gone are the cultural figures woven though the canvas, missing are the fast action shapes that haunt the corners and most of all is the absence of any forms, figures or foreshadowing.
The paintings are monochromatic, solid colors with a 1970′s minimum feel. Painted on small rectangles that are arranged to be an symbol, an outline of a step pyramid. Even their shapes recall the fluorescent light art of the 1970′s. Minimal art lets the artist escape from the over populated world and express the basic. Is Powell cleaning out his catch – all – draw, freeing his mind from the day to day madness or his he embracing a new look on life, art and mind.
Less is more here at this exhibition. The surface of the paint and the grain of the canvas are the image. Within these the viewer will explore their own borders and fences. Will they set themselves free or corral their thoughts and tame themselves to a centered place?
Powell will explain his new direction and reasons for this new body of work at the Art Talk, Saturday, February 11 at Noon. Pick his mind, ask questions and see the art and artist interact. The Art Talk is open to the public.
Show continues through March 4, 2012
The RNG Gallery
157 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, Iowa