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nature at cass café
Cass Café is hosting a group exhibition of artwork that explores our sacred connection to nature. Several interpretations of this theme are presented from the sublime to a gloomier outlook communicated through a spectrum of genres including traditional landscape, energetic impressionism and abstraction. Patrons can enjoy a selection off of this restaurant’s delish menu while considering these offerings.
Lynn Galbreath’s visually stunning Can You Hear It Now? is amplified by scale. The flowers that cascade down the canvas look collaged as they’re painted with a precision that’s in stark contrast to the impressionistic background. The chosen palette is delicate and cheerful.
Contradicting Galbreath’s narrative is Flowering, painted in Snider’s signature murky palette. The flower shed gone rogue is taken back by its purpose in an ecological twist of irony.
Linden Godlove has created a scene where the view is reversed with nature looking out to a cityscape. It’s a smaller piece that’s sadly installed behind the bar. Definitely ask to take a closer look because it’s a gem.
The show’s curator, Taurus Burns, has revisited his smaller cityscapes with this picture. For those of us living in urban surroundings, we look for nature in our backyards and neighborhoods. The view is unconventionally in the shadow of either dawn or dusk, depending on perspective.
This Rick Vian painting is from the series where he incorporates a grid into natural environments. The imagery is perfectly symmetrical. The palette moves from cool to warm and back. The grid is placed on top of the scene, almost holding back the advancement of trees and light. The grid is us?
Human beings have had a relationship with nature since the dawn. In awe of its power and perpetually attempting to unlock its mysteries, we are inextricably intertwined. We flourish or fade within its rhythms. After a century of industrialization and scientific advancements, it’s becoming clear nature still holds sway. Our best chance of survival is to come back into harmony with it and return to reverence for its protection as well as its spectacular beauty.
Participating artists: Holly Branstner, Taurus Burns, Hannah Dunbar, Liz Frankland, Lynn Galbreath, Linden Godlove, Matthew Hanna, Ryan Herberholz, Sharonne Hodge-Fogel, Kip Kowalski, Matt Lewis, Stephen Magsig, Ashley Marie, Richard Mylenek, Christine Ritchie, Clinton Snider, Bryant Tillman, Rick Vian, Sue Carman-Vian, Sajeev Visweswaran.
On view through April 15th at Cass Cafe 4620 Cass Ave Detroit
*images are mine. Some are glary. The show’s in a restaurant, so lighting is what it is.
**none of the works’ specs included exact measurements. A recent development that is commonly occurring, much to my consternation. I’ve made a guess on all of these works as I didn’t bring my tape measure. Close enough to get the sense of scale.
SHOWS OPEN THIS WEEKEND