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Abstraction and the Dreaming at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


…Aside from the extensive, rhythmic variation in the circles and straight bands, set against the regular pattern that controls them, the rigidity of the overall scheme is broken by several major variations. While contemplating it, eye and mind are drawn into ceaseless motion over scintillating regions that refuse to be still or to repeat, but constantly redirect the viewer along new directions, much like the desert in which a few vital landmarks are surrounded by the infinite inventiveness of nature. If a symbolic reading is required, one is not hard to find in life and the labors it calls into being.

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is showing more than 50 superb examples of  Aboriginal art by 33 artists, who together span the history of indigenous Australian painting. Read our review in the October 2015 edition of 15 Bytes.

Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

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