Robert Howsare, Gehry Kohler and Jeran Avery are three artists with heavy ties to Kansas City who have established careers in line compositions. “Repetition” will be a conglomeration of their newest work where each artist will bring his take on the construction of line.
Howsare is an interdisciplinary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the International Print Center of New York. “Repetition” will showcase Howsare’s print works exploring the illusory and ambiguous aspects of visual by introducing variables of color and composition. These recent works, utilize interference patterns to investigate the correlation between the printmaking process and human perception. He composes these works using, “The moiré pattern to simultaneously represent errors that occur during the printing process and the limitations of our perceptual systems” Although static, the works create the illusion of movement because our eyes cannot process certain visual stimuli.
Kohler’s new series of work, like Howsare, deals with perception. Kohler focuses on the moment you see something. He is interested in “the idea of perfection, every line movement builds on a larger composition to produce a combination of multiple observations.” Kohler has recently exhibited different selections of work in: the Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Pentimenti Gallery, Sooo Visual Arts Center, H & R Bloch Artspace and E.B. White Art Gallery. In all of his work, Kohler deepens the viewer’s relationship with the work by intensively adding and removing layers of enamel, acrylic, pencil, and ballpoint pen that change a viewer’s perspective as the approach from various angles.
Avery focuses his art making on drawing because he feels, “A marked line, the impression of artist, tool, and surface is a level of purity and handmade quality that I don’t find in other media. Drawing is transparent, baring mistakes and successes in the surface that give it depth and honesty.” In “Repetition”, Avery introduces a series of interwoven banks of color floating on a white background. Their construction creates and illusion of depth and completeness to the two-dimensional drawing.