Test your Perceptions at ICA

In 1993, author Lois Lowry disturbed a generation of children with the monochrome, dystopian setting of her science fiction novel, The Giver. For the main character Jonas, his ability to see the color “red” in a black-and-white world propels him into a simultaneously shattering and uplifting personal transformation.

Through February 19, if you walk into the Institute of Contemporary Art and make a sharp right, you just might find yourself in the midst of such sudden soul-slapping awareness. Being confronted with the paintings of Charline Von Heyl is rather like seeing color for the first time in a previously colorless existence.

Once your discovery of the color spectrum is complete, shapes will begin to take hold. It’s more than just a result of being the victim of pareidolia (the psychological phenomenon that causes you to see faces in clouds and the occasional Martian mountain). It’s an active investigation into perception almost as fun as childhood memories of searching for hidden pictures in a Highlights magazine.

If you venture upstairs, you’ll be confronted with the much darker world of Blowing on a Hairy Shoulder/Grief Hunters, on view through December 4, which presents work by twenty artists from Israel, Greece, Germany, Belgium, Britain, and America. Dealing with the themes of originality and origin, these works offer yet another investigative challenge. Navigating through the maze of video clips, sculptures, photography, and drawings will lead you on a journey simultaneously unsettling and humorous.

Be sure to take a few minutes to watch The 588 Project, a video by Gilad Ratman. While mud monsters may be the typical fare of campy horror films, the repetitive sounds and images of mud pool-submerged people and their musical instruments that double as breathing apparatus will leave you mesmerized. As it cycles slowly through clear tubes in the treetops, only to eventually emerge through a series of wooden pipes, mud takes on the transformative beauty of flowing water and musical notation.

Just two of the exhibitions currently on view at ICA, the works of Von Heyl and Grief Hunters will leave you happily balanced in a world between color and mud, formlessness and renewal.

Large and medium sized musically energetic abstract paintings that use many layers of color, rhythm, marks, and shapes that invite the viewer to enter a world of their own. Curators and galleries are invited to look at them for any projects they may have. Paintings can be purchased  for your home, corporate offices, hospitals, restaurants and more.
Sandi Neiman Lovitz
Sandi Neiman Lovitz

Large and medium sized musically energetic abstract paintings that use many layers of color, rhythm, marks, and shapes that…

Large and medium sized musically energetic abstract paintings that use many layers of color, rhythm, marks, and shapes that invite the viewer to enter a world of their own. Curators and galleries are invited…

Large and medium sized musically energetic abstract paintings that use many layers of color, rhythm, marks, and shapes that invite the viewer to enter a world of their own. Curators and galleries are invited to look at them…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks down the various elements into abstract line and shape. Demcsak photographs places that have endured catastrophic storms and uses them in her paintings such as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and Maria.
Jessica Demcsak
Jessica Demcsak

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change.…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks…

Jessica Demcsak creates sculptural paintings on various types of wood that focus on the rise of storms due to climate change. Most of her subject matter is architectural in nature however she lalso breaks down the various…

Billy Colbert
Billy Colbert
Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images.
Emily Brett Lukens
Emily Brett Lukens

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating…

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images. …

Emily uses short staccato marks to create tension and texture, evoking the surfaces and organic forms found in nature manipulating the medium to create images. …

Elizabeth Pratt
Elizabeth Pratt
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