‘Samarkind’ by Adrian Bayreuther. Courtesy photo
‘Lady Chaise Lounge’ by Izabella Pavlusko. Courtesy photo
An international collective of artists, 3rd Paradigm, will show paintings and sculpture at Mesa Public Library in June. There will be an opening reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9.
Third Paradigm includes Jemez Springs sculptor Harriette Lawler, along with Alberto D’Assumpcao from Portugal, Adrian Bayreuther from Germany, Olga Dmytrenko from Ukraine, Izabella Pavlusko from Azerbaidjan and Constantin Severin from Romania.
Their work has been widely exhibited in Europe since they first came together at the urging of Bayreuther, who was looking for artists whose work “develop the paradigms of modern art to a new level.” This is the first show of its kind in the United States.
Bayreuther himself describes his work as constructivist and suprematist. He cites the artists Malevich and Exter and the Russian avant-garde movement as influences. Much of the artwork in the show fits within the definition of avant-garde: “A group that creates or promotes innovative ideas, especially in the arts.”
The paintings are more abstract or allegorical than they are representational. Several of the artists refer to the mystical or spiritual nature of their imagery in their artist’s statements, which can be found on the group’s website http://3rdparadigm.net/About.html.
Pavlusko’s description reads “…in her works she connects geometry with spirituality and creates forms that would provide the same emotional power as musical composition.” Dmytrenko’s “abstract works are deeply spiritual and attempt to illuminate emotions through hits of mysticism or surrealistic shades.”
The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library hosts shows by local and regional artists, as well as travelling exhibits, 10 to 12 times each year. The work of Santa Fe artist Maureen Howles will be shown in the Gallery in July.
For more information about the Library’s Upstairs Art Gallery, call Katy Korkos at 505.662.8247.
‘Sea Fuga’ by Olga Dmytrenko. Courtesy photo