By Terran Warden, Guest Writer

Ingram Hall’s University Gallery held its first opening reception for the first exhibit of the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The Abstract Gallery is composed of a variety of pieces from PLU’s permanent collection, all exhibiting abstraction in art. The gallery consists of a broad range of abstract styles. Some pieces demonstrate abstraction in subtle ways, while others demonstrate the extreme side of abstract art.

“Labors of Hercules” by Michael Spafford, 1989. Woodcut.
Photo by Naomi Englehart

Abstract art, made famous by Pablo Picasso, lacks a concrete image; therefore, it lacks a concrete message to the viewer, allowing it to interest a wide audience.

According to the University Gallery Facebook event, the goal of the Abstract Gallery is for “the viewer to become immersed in color and form. As you look, perhaps you will create new meanings for yourself.”

Abstract artwork is also a favorite among those who are not fans of art, as it’s an expression of freedom with no incorrect interpretations, unlike many forms of art.

Students who missed the opening reception shouldn’t worry, because the exhibit will run through October 8. The University Gallery is available 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.

The next exhibit, the Students of Simon Kogan Gallery, will open Oct. 15.

For more information, contact the University Gallery by phone at (253) 535-7573 or via email at artd@plu.edu. ◼︎

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