Ellie, one of our EAC Interns, writes about her first day at the Evanston Art Center, and her favorite artwork on display in the gallery:
On my first day as an intern at EAC, I spent some time in the gallery taking in the works on display. I was moved by the whole series by Olea Nova, but particularly drawn into a piece titled “When.” The series consists of large uniform canvases, painted in a particular color scheme. The movements in the pieces are beautifully thought out in an abstract fashion.
In the piece titled “When” Olea Nova creates movement and space with a series of brush strokes and drips. With cool blues, purples, greys, and blacks she manipulates the stark white canvas in a way that speaks to the viewer. The different levels of density and thickness of paint bring different dimensions to the painting and the smokey quality tells a story.
As an art student myself and one that practices abstract expressionism, I was drawn to the production and process of the painting. The way a painting is created tells just as much as the finished products and holds a special importance to the artist. By looking at this piece, the viewer can tell that it holds great emotion and the act of creating it was powerful.