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Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction

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  • Jennifer Bartlett
    United States, born 1941
    Houses: Dots, Hatches, 1999
    Color screenprint on paper
    38 ¼ x 38 ¼ in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass in honor of Nancy Doll, 2019


    Jennifer Bartlett’s artworks fuse conceptualism and painterly figuration. Here she depicts the rudimentary icon of a house—rectangle with a triangle atop—situated in a simple landscape. Bartlett analyzed and enlivened the rather mundane motif through mark-making and color variation. The colorful grid of pixilated dots and seemingly haphazardly arranged hatch marks activates the composition and transmits a dynamic, cheerful aura.

    © Jennifer Bartlett. Courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and The Jennifer Bartlett 2013 Trust.

  • Larry Schwarm
    United States, born 1944
    Roiling Fire, eastern Lyon County, Kansas, 2005
    C-print
    38 x 39 in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass in honor of Nancy Doll, 2019Weatherspoon Art Museum. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass in honor of Nancy Doll, 2019


    Larry Schwarm photographs the ecological prairie fires of his native Kansas. Although the image depicts an actual landscape, Schwarm abstracted the spectacle into what becomes a study of light, space, and color.

    © Larry W. Schwarm

  • Leigh Suggs
    United States, born 1981
    Oh, 2006
    Collage on canvas
    30 x 30 in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass in honor of Nancy Doll, 2019


    Leigh Suggs’ work typically involves repetition. The artist focuses on a single technique or strategy—whether it is cutting, stitching, marking, or, as here, employing collage—until the composition is complete. As her laborious actions accumulate, abstract patterns form that suggest rhythms. Suggs says of her work: “Deceptively simple and minimalistic in content, my work asks the viewer to be patient and to contemplate what is happening. I explore movement, light, and translucency through the use of singular, pattern-producing gestures.”

    © Leigh Suggs


  • Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction, Weatherspoon Art Museum, installation photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications, 2020.



  • Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction, Weatherspoon Art Museum, installation photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications, 2020.



  • Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction, Weatherspoon Art Museum, installation photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications, 2020.



  • Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction, Weatherspoon Art Museum, installation photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications, 2020.



  • Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction, Weatherspoon Art Museum, installation photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications, 2020.


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