Curated by Jake Hand, Adjunct Professor of Art

Sponsored by U. Tobe and WGCU Public Media

November 19 - December 3, 2015

November 19 •  Remarks from Jake Hand and the Artists  begin at 5:00pm

followed by an ArtLab Gallery reception until 7:00pm


Marshall Bynoe Adriana Flores Alex Giguere Madison Jones Janine Krench Ellen Meade Ariana Myers  Rebecca Nunez Deborah Ruppel Tiana Smith Kalee  Tennant Lauren Tolan Nick Tricarico Corey Vaughn

Left to right: Deborah Ruppel, John, Fauvist Portrait, 2015.  Ariana Myers, Rage, 2015.

Courtesy of the artists.


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The medium of painting has been a dominant force throughout the history of art. These works, in part, represent a walk through the pantheon of Modern Art. From here, students can begin to speak (from experience), to wonder and to explore what it means to make paintings today. This exhibition features work from Fall 2015 Painting I students.

Covered in this course of study: realism in terms of color harmonies, seeing and mixing color, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Analytical Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, Abstract space via Hans Hoffman, Abstract Expressionism and POP Art.

Left to right: Madison Jones, Clifford, 2015.  Ellen Meade, Untitled, 2015. Janine Krench, Untitled, 2015. Courtesy of the artists.


“It is far easier to debate about realistic painting than to paint one.”

~ Igor Babailov

“I deny that art can be taught, or, in other words, maintain that art is completely individual, and that the talent of each artist is but the result of his own inspiration and his own study of past tradition.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found, it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of real and existing things... an object which is abstract, not visible, non-existent, is not within the realm of painting.”

~ Gustave Courbet

“The most important things in a painting are Form and Value. Color comes last - like a friend you welcome.”

~ Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot


“Pop is everything art hasn't been for the last two decades...It springs newborn out of a boredom with the finality and over-saturation of Abstract-Expressionism, which, by its own esthetic logic, is the END of art, the glorious pinnacle of the long pyramidal creative process. Stifled by this rarefied atmosphere, some young painters turn back to some less exalted things like Coca-Cola, ice-cream sodas, big hamburgers, super-markets and 'EAT' signs. They are eye-hungry; they pop....”

~ Robert Indiana

“Popular (designed for a mass audience); transient (short-term solution); expendable (easily forgotten); low cost; mass produced; young (aimed at youth); witty; sexy; gimmicky; glamorous; and last but not least, Big Business.”

~ Richard Hamilton

“I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world.”

~ Robert Rauschenberg

“The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.”

~ Robert Rauschenberg

“The artist has to be something like a whale swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he really needs.”

~ Romare Bearden

“The function of the artist is to organize the facets of life according to his imagination.”

~ Romare Bearden

“Everything is beautiful. Pop is everything.”

~ Andy Warhol

“Art is what you can get away with.”

~ Andy Warhol


“To me, art is the glorification of the human spirit.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“… the reciprocal relation of color to color produces a phenomenon of a more mysterious order. This new phenomenon is psychological. A high sensitivity is necessary in order to expand color into the sphere of the surreal without losing creative ground. Color stimulates certain moods in us (emphasized in Color Field painting). It awakens joy or fear in accordance with its figuration. In fact, the whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“Painting, to me means forming with color.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“In nature, light creates the color; in the picture, color creates light. Every color shade emanates a very characteristic light.. no substitute is possible.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

~ Hans Hoffman

“Through a painting we can see the whole world.”

~ Hans Hoffman


“Art must not be intelligent; art is a jouisance, an enjoyment.”

~ Andre Derain

“You must think colour, have imagination with it. If you have no imagination you’ll never paint beautiful color. You must copy nature with imagination- that is what makes an artist. Colour must be thought, dreamt, imagined.”

~ Gustave Moreau, teacher Ecole des Beaux Arts

"We move towards serenity through the significance of ideas and form ... Details lessen the purity of lines, they harm the emotional intensity, and we choose to reject them. It is a question of learning - and perhaps relearning the 'handwriting' of lines. The aim of painting is not to reflect history, because this can be found in books. We have a higher conception. Through it, the artist expresses his inner vision."

~ Henri Matisse

"I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives."

~ Raoul Dufy

“I heightened all tones. I transposed into an orchestration of pure colors all the feelings of which I was conscious. I was a barbarian, tender and full of violence. I translated by instinct, without any method, not merely an artistic truth but above all a human one.”

~ Maurice de Vlaminck

“When the Fauvists held their first exhibit, the daring forms and vivid colors outraged the Paris art world. Critics stormed out and threw glasses of wine at some of the paintings. One critic, Marcel Dupree, was so aghast at the Fauvist paintings he vomited outside the gallery and took to his bed for several weeks.”

~  anonymous


Any number of holier-than-thou honorable realists walk around in the belief that they have accomplished something, simply because they tell you for the hundredth time that a field is green and a red-painted house is painted red.

~ Edvard Munch

If what you want to paint is the emotive mood in all its strength ... then you must not sit and stare at everything and depict it exactly as one sees it.

~ Edvard Munch

Blau Reiter

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

~ Paul Klee

Colour is a means of exerting direct influence on the soul.

~ Wassily Kandinsky

The impure men and women who surrounded me (and particularly the men), did not arouse any of my real feelings; while the natural feeling for life possessed by animals set in vibration everything good in me.

~ Franz Marc

Die Brucke

“All important things in art have always originated from the deepest feeling about the mystery of Being.”

~ Emil Nolde

"With faith in progress and in a new generation of creators and spectators we call together all youth. As youth, we carry the future and want to create for ourselves freedom of life and of movement against the long-established older forces. Everyone who reproduces that which drives him to creation with directness and authenticity belongs to us."

~ Ernst Ludwig Kirchner


“Dada is like your hopes:

nothing like your paradise:

nothing like your idols: nothing like your heroes: nothing like your artist:

nothing like your religions:


~ Francis Picabia

“Unless a picture shocks it is nothing.”

~ Marcel Duchamp

“Since the tubes of paint used by the artist are manufactured and ready made products we must conclude that all the paintings in the world are 'readymades aided' and also works of assemblage. “

~ Marcel Duchamp

“A man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”

~ Andre Breton

“One can understand why Surrealism was not afraid to make for itself a tenet of total revolt, complete insubordination, of sabotage according to rule, and why it still expects nothing save from violence.”

~ Andre Breton

“The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.”

~ Andre Breton

“The more ignoble I find life, the more strongly I react by contradiction, in humour and in an outburst of liberty and expansion.”

~ Joan Miro

“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”

~ Salvador Dali


“The painterly and non-painterly Abstract Expressionists were united by their shared belief in the necessity of abstractness and their common certainty that the source of art was the unconscious (new discovered art ideas of Surrealism: automatic writing, drawing and painting, fh). They shared too, the conviction that an ‘authentic’ painting was infused with every aspect of its author’s personality and that the history of a painting’s evolution was an important part of its meaning.”

~ Karen Wilkin

“If the label ‘Abstract Expressionism’ means anything, it means painterliness: loose, rapid handling, or the look of it; masses that blotted and fused instead of shapes that stayed distinct; large and conspicuous rhythms; broken color, uneven saturations or densities of paint, exhibited brush, knife, of finger marks – in short, a constellation of qualities….”

~ Clement Greenberg

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

~ Helen Frankenthaler

“Art is an experience, not an object.”

~ Robert Motherwell

If you are only moved by color relationships, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom.

~ Mark Rothko

The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.

~ Jackson Pollock

What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith.

~ Willem de Kooning