Surreal Sublime explores the resurgence of the sublime and surreal in contemporary landscape art with abstracted, exaggerated, and dreamlike interpretations of nature. With the chaotic political climate, onslaught of natural disasters, and pressing threats to the environment, it is not surprising that artists are returning to themes of the sublime as a reflection on our current times. Through a variety of media, the artists in Surreal Sublime capture a range of emotions using landscape as a representation of psychic space. While the vast beauty of nature draws the viewer in, themes of darkness and turbulence run throughout the show. The works teeter between the natural and synthetic, seductive and dangerous, calm and chaotic, utopian and apocalyptic. In the end, nature reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and our own mortality, that these environments have existed long before us and will remain long after we are gone.
Artists in Surreal Sublime include Attaboy (Richmond, CA), Elliott Green (New York, NY), Liz Hickok (San Francisco, CA), Seonna Hong (Los Angeles, CA), Mary Anne Kluth (Concord, CA), Justin Lovato (Seabeck, WA), Terri Loewenthal (Oakland CA), Vanessa Marsh (San Francisco, CA), Brooks Salzwedel (Los Angeles, CA), Kate Shaw (Melbourne, Australia), Cheyenne Woodward (Palo Alto, CA), and Karla Wozniak (Alameda, CA).
Showing June 22- Sept. 15, 2019 at San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. Free admission.