Contemporary abstraction on display

The Greenwich Arts Council is set to present a dynamic duo with the opening of the Gail & Ken Resen: Constructions, Paintings & Drawings exhibit on April 4 in the Bendheim Gallery.

The exhibit features artist couple Gail and Ken Resen, who have dramatically different, yet related directions in contemporary abstraction. According to the counciL, Ms. Resen “creates visually kinetic works built up of cut and manipulated paper or painted canvas. They vary in scale and constitute wall-mounted reliefs intended to be studies of light and pattern, or color interaction across a surface. Her work redefines the space between drawing and painting.”

Ms. Resen’s art has been shown extensively in the area, most notably at the Neuberger Museum, Bruce Museum and the Hudson River Museum, among others. This exhibition brings together a large selection of her most recent and strongest work to date.

Mr. Resen’s passion is also color interaction as it defines space, form and motion to evoke emotional response. Landscape space essentially anchors his thinking, while floating space sets it free.

“Natural forms often appear in Mr. Resen’s work, frequently abstracted into symbolic imagery,” the council said. “Blurring or visually contradicting the line between figure and abstraction remains the core of his art.”

As Mr. Resen himself said, “Horizon, clearly separating land from sky — the real from the dreamlike — is powerful and reassuring.”

The tendency for the viewers’ eye to seek and connect similar shapes and colors is an important compositional and symbolic element. Circles, triangles, squares, and letter forms often appear along with intensely glowing blues, reds, oranges and yellows.

Paul Master-Karnik, executive director of the Greenwich Arts Council, will discuss the exhibition with the Resens at 6:45 p.m. during the Opening Reception today, April 4. The exhibition will also be a focus of art education outreach to the Greenwich Public Schools through the GAC [email protected] program funded in 2013 by the Patti Shively Foundation and individual donors.

Gail & Ken Resen: Constructions, Paintings & Drawings will remain at the Bendheim Gallery through May 18. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The handicapped accessible GAC is located at 299 Greenwich, second floor.

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