Deconstruction : Fall Group Exhibition

Exhibition featuring Will Blair, Jan Knox, Pamela Lamoureux and Shannon Yarbrough

Deconstruction – to dissasemble an object or concept and reassemble in a new and evocative way.

The concept of Deconstruction is derived from a literary technique used to interpret texts based on a philosophy of language and meaning. Deconstructive Postmodernism in art and architecture is about forcing the viewer of the artwork to question their assumptions about what “art” is…about who and what and how art is created…how it is received. We can better understand the sum of the work by examining the many pieces that make up the whole. Our Deconstruction Exhibition dissects the concepts of beauty and truth in order to define these concepts in a different way…to come to a greater understanding of the piece of artwork as a whole. Beauty and truth in art may be relative.

The artists and their work exhibited as a part of Hill Design + Gallery’s Deconstruction Exhibition – Will Blair, Jan Knox, Pamela Lamoureux and Shannon Yarbrough – pose many questions about the nature of art and beauty and what is true of both.

Is beauty found in what’s left behind when paint is subtracted from a surface…such as the deconstructive painting technique employed by artsits Pamela Lamoureux and Shannon Yarbrough?

Will truth be found in the “Unraveling of Self” by Pamela Lamoureux?

Must a piece of artwork fit within the boundaries of a canvas or picture frame? Or, as in Jan Knox’s “The Water Cycle”, can we label these multiple pieces of paper clipped to a string artwork?

Consider the work of Will Blair. Is beauty the simplification of recognizable forms into abstract shapes using spray paint and wax?

As we deconstuct and analyze the different aspects of technique, subject matter and presentation in these artists’ works; as we formulate answers to the questions posed; we come to a greater understanding of the artwork as a whole. When we understand the concepts behind the work and the process involved in the creation, our appreciation of the work is magnified.