Bordering on Abstraction at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum

December 2019
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff

Brian Rutenberg, Oil on paper, 22’’ x 29.5’’

The works in the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum’s Bordering on Abstraction exhibit do just that: border the line between abstraction and figurative or representational art. The exhibit features 11 works in varying media and sizes from the museum’s permanent collection. From paintings to ceramics to collage and even 3D paintings on bone, Bordering on Abstraction demonstrates the narrow line in artistic representation between what the eye can interpret as identifiable—like a human figure or a landscape—and what it cannot make out as anything other than lines, shapes or marks.

Woodsong, the oil on paper work by Brian Rutenberg pictured above, will be one piece in the exhibit. Rutenberg, considered to be one of the finest American painters of his generation, hails from coastal South Carolina. He has a distinct method of compressing the form and rich color of his native landscape into his pieces, evoking a deep sense of place. Other featured artists include Steven Forbes-deSoule, Jonathan Green, Kincheloe, Mark Flowers, Kathryn Marin, Christ Ritsch, Philip Mullen, Richard Hagerty and Eleanor Sebring. The exhibit will run through December 15, so come walk the line of abstraction with these talented creators.


Photographs courtesy of The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum