Every Sat. and Sun. from June 4-26
In 1975, English geographer Jay Appleton published The Experience of Landscape
, in which he proposed the prospect-refuge theory of human aesthetics: that, in art, humans have a primeval need to look outward in order to grasp opportunity (prospect) while enjoying a sense of safety and protection (refuge). Imagine standing in a cave and surveying the savanna beyond (this is also the basis for much of residential design). In this exhibition, artists Tara Costello and Amelia Biewald explore constructed landscapes in their paintings. Horizon lines may be starkly apparent or occluded, paint applied with thickness and density or with a whisk of the brush, colors foreboding or uplifting, imagery abstract or surrealistically intriguing, space compressed or brimming with energy. Consider your perspective shifted. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 4.