Oceanside Museum of Art, 2/18/13, SYNESTHESIA: MANIFESTATIONS OF ENERGY, PAINTINGS BY ELLEN SALK AND SOUND BY CHRISTOPHER ADLER and ENVIROSCAPES: JEN TRUTE RETROSPECTIVE
I will most remember the surrealist paintings. They sometimes look very radical and out there but they have an in-depth message with a sometimes anesthetically pleasing front.
The effect in pieces painted and created by Ellen Salk have influenced me in my own work to use shape to develop line and layering to create texture.
The main flaw I found was in Salk’s pieces. She collaborated with Christopher Adler who developed a musical composition that directly relates to his own interaction with Salk’s paintings. The music was very sharp, loud, and overpowering noises which did not make the exhibition unique but more over annoying.
After viewing Jen Trute’s Enviroscapes, I learned that surrealism painting can be very weird and not necessarily beautiful but the message they send to the viewer is more captivating than the actual image. In viewing Synesthesia, I learned that contorted overlapping shapes make visual and actual texture and I personally find texture to be such an amazing tool in artwork.
I didn’t actually meet or see the artists so I can’t really form an opinion on my respect for the artists without firsthand knowledge. I recently learned that Jen Trute(surrealist painter) passed away about 2 years ago so I mean the fact that her works are still being seen in a museum is praise-worthy.