Do You Feel What I See?
May 18, 2013 – June 30, 2013
May 25, 2013 2:00 – 6:00 pm
June 23, 2013 2:00 – 4:00 pm
In a world where touch is forbidden, artist Calvin Coleman’s exhibition “Do You Feel What I See?” invites the blind and visually impaired to experience his paintings with their hands. For the seeing, they too may engage with his work in a way that is considered taboo and against proper gallery etiquette, by closing their eyes and running their fingers across the painterly surfaces.
Calvin’s concern with shape, color and form result in richly textured canvases. Rising out of his semi-abstract style, is a tension between the rough and smooth surfaces of the paintings.
The imagination leads the aesthetic experience as one negotiates the aliveness of the paintings and interacts with a mother holding her child in a loving embrace; a boy bearing a luscious apple and a woman offering a bouquet of flowers as a gesture of kindness.
To see Coleman’s art through feeling is to sense the deep emotion and creativity of the artist. This sensitive and complex body of work beckons to be touched. One’s connectivity with the materials offers a meaningful experience which reaches beyond the visual to that of the soul.
The artist’s statement, titles and wall text describing the paintings will be written in Braille and hung throughout the gallery space.