Atkinson spring opening no mere abstraction

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Erick Pirayesh, Staff Writer

The opening reception of the Atkinson Gallery’s latest abstract art show “Persistence” featured a collection of paintings and sculptures from local artists.

Atkinson Gallery Director Dane Goodman entertained a packed house of guests ranging from City College art students, abstract art fans, and artists whose pieces were on display during his first show of the new year.

“Santa Barbara has a long history of abstraction,” Goodman said. “And there’s been some internationally known artists who have lived and worked here. We’re honored at this college to have them here.”

Abstract art is defined as exploring the relationship between form and color, while traditional art represents the world in recognizable images. Opinions differed on what exactly each person saw in a specific work of art.

“There’s a casualness to it, which is very purposeful,” said Joan Tanner, offering a description of her massive sculpture, “Scoundrel & SlapFace.”

“Everything is very violated. Verticals are attached in a casual manner. It’s very awkward.”

City College student Chantelle Honaker didn’t quite see the same thing.

“I’m thinking it’s, like, some kind of knight warrior,” she said.

Attendees of the free event on Jan. 27 were treated to the local band Cheese Opportunity, finger food, and a wide range of art that highlighted the gallery.

The diversity on display kept guests circling the crowded room all night. From sculptures, paintings, or felted wool creations, the artwork kept viewers in the gallery long after sunset.

“Persistence” is open until Feb. 16