Ray Burggraf :The Early Work - Art Opening

Venvi Art Gallery is showing Ray Burggraf: The Early Work exhibition. Back in 1970, after he came to Florida from UC Berkley, his works were exclusively geometric abstractions.

         At a time when the gallery scene has all but shut down, the Venvi Art Gallery keeps finding ways to stay in touch with the Tallahassee community and expand its reach.

Ray Burggraf: The Early Work exhibition, open November 6th to January 10th, will continue this work. There will not be the usual evening opening but Venvi's 2901 E. Park Avenue location will be open for limited hours with masks and social distancing, Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30-5:30pm during the Burggraf show. In addition, there will be a viewing room to enjoy on the Venvi website (www.VenviArtGallery.com) with a link to a video about the artist, with his fast-paced video paintings and inspirations on YouTube. There will also be video clips about the show on Venvi's Facebook page and a brief discussion about individual paintings on Nov 14th 4pm live on Instagram with the artist. At one point in the artist's YouTube video, you are looking out of a car whizzing along a straight rural San Joaquin Valley road with the sounds of traffic in your ears. You cannot help but be grateful when suddenly the scene changes to his art studio where a languidly rotating color sculpture calms things down with the loud noise and visual rush fading away to silence. In contrast with the car scene, you have the pleasure of the quiet and peaceful simplicity of his art. This is the strength viewers will find in the geometric abstractions showcased in Ray Burggraf, The Early Work.

         Burggraf's art has changed constantly over the years as he has sought to renew himself creatively. Back in 1970, after he came to Florida from UC Berkeley, his works were exclusively geometric abstractions featuring only a few colors. Unfettered by realism, they emphasized a repetition of shapes evolving into patterns. That is in stark contrast to later paintings–still gradations of color, but more complex with motion, organic shapes, and even taking on sculptural form. This exhibition's pieces were selected exclusively from the earlier geometric abstraction period which includes acrylic on canvas paintings that contain serious analytical comparisons of color and value brushed vigorously on the surface in smooth, blended gradations, often in shapes that appear restless and spacey.

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