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Aberlyn Sweetland Art Opening
June 21, 2013 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pmFree
The beautiful paintings by Aberlyn Sweetland will be on display at Consider Boutique through July. This is an excerpt from Sweetland’s thesis, Ima Roadside Animal.
“It is a curious pursuit: crafting images with the knowledge that they will assuredly contain traces of mystery – content that might simultaneously allure and befuddle, and possibly even offend. However, this is what I enjoy most about art, and what I feel to be incredibly valuable. That which is mysterious or unfamiliar necessitates imagination, thought, empathy, and discussion, and this is what I hope my work might achieve. Although I do not know the originator of this idea, I have often heard of the theory that art’s greatest aim is the generation of discussion. This idea of discussion is not limited simply to verbal communication between multiple individuals but, first and foremost, the inner dialogue created through questions, personal debate, and thought. I believe that Nicolas Bouriaud stated a basic tenant of this theory well when he suggested a new way of assessing and viewing art: “Let’s set aside the reflexes of the policeman and the legislator and look at art through the eyes of a curious traveler, or those of a host receiving unfamiliar guests in his or her home” (Bouriaud 105). The body of work I am currently involved with borders on the bizarre, so I must trust in the sorts of individuals Bouriaud discusses; those who are willing to indulge curiosities and receive that which is unfamiliar.”