Opening Reception: The Automatic Message

  • Instinct Art Gallery 940 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States

Exhibition Run: September 20 - November 1 , 2014

Featuring the artwork of David Aschenbrener, George Farrah, Catherine L. Johnson, Daniel Kaniess, Stefanie Motta, Larry Roberts, Welsa Stone, and Jim Williams. 

"There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing."  -Gottlieb and Rothko, 1943

Abstraction is a territory heavily explored, but as an expression of individual psyches, the territory is never-ending. The unrelenting appeal of abstraction is also due to the archetypes found there, as the private world of the mind always slips toward the universal. This combination of unique expression and primordial patterns attract our attention, informs our humanness.

The title, The Automatic Message, is taken from Andre Breton, poet and spokesperson of the surrealist movement in the early 20th century. He used, ‘The Automatic Message’ to describe a free-association form of writing done without any premeditation and undirected by conscious thought in order to express the subconscious mind. It would be another 25 years before abstract painting came into its own, but when it did, it took the art world by storm. Since that time, visual art has moved through other forms of abstraction –as text or pure concept. This exhibit follows the original idea, the automatic message in the visual domain.