Celebrating abstract painting in Detroit has not been overly popular in recent years with a move towards conceptual art or to artists developing new ideas using illusionistic imagery. Simone DeSousa’s exhibition at her gallery project, Re:View Contemporary in midtown Detroit, takes a fresh look at the basic tenants of non-representational abstraction: Color, Form, Line and materials. Think about Richard Diebenkorn’s painting, Ocean Park No. 54 from 1972, showing his evolution from a figurative / landscape tradition to find his abstraction. DeSousa’s evolution feels more like a journey from an architectural sensibility to a place where we find works painted on wood sharing a common palette of red, black, white and gray. Comfortable moving away from canvas material and the rectangle form, she creates a trapezium with an open slot reminding the viewer of the fluid potential of form. The hard wood surface becomes an interesting element in composition.
Simone DeSousa received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brasilia, Brazil in Architecture and Urbanism. She is the founder and director of Re:View Contemporary, a gallery and art project in Cass Corridor in Midtown Detroit.
The exhibition, A Myriad of One, runs through June 29, 2013.
Re:View Contemporary Gallery
444 W. Willis Street
Detroit, MI 48201
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