Exhibition features new abstract work

Artist Oliver Sutter’s abstract paintings are on full display on the second floor of the Abraham Campus Center in the West Gallery. The art exhibit is open every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs through May 24. / photo by Jack Janes
Artist Oliver Sutter’s abstract paintings are on full display on the second floor of the Abraham Campus Center in the West Gallery. The art exhibit is open every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs through May 24. / photo by Jack Janes

Kelli Makenna Kuttruff
Arts Editor

The “Asymmetry and Alignment” exhibition, featuring vibrant new paintings from artist Oliver Sutter, is open now on the second floor of the Abraham Campus Center in the West Gallery.

This solo exhibition features six eye-catching paintings in this non-traditional gallery space that surrounds a study area.

Director of art galleries and organizer of this exhibition Dion Johnson had followed Sutter’s work closely and invited him for his first solo exhibition at the University of La Verne after previously being a part of a group exhibition. 

“I think he understands how art and creative thinking and also academia intersect in a wonderful way,” Johnson said. “I like that his paintings are conceptual… about ideas… they’re very inviting for people to come see and look at, and it’s a great way for students and others to see an in-depth body of work.”

Immediately upon entering the gallery, a painting featuring rich shades of blue with a pop of orange can be seen. Different brush strokes and pressures with contrasting shades of blue combine together to create an abstract piece that welcomes viewers to enter the gallery by drawing them into the experience. 

When moving further into the gallery, a series of three green paintings graces the left wall. Each painting uses seemingly similar brush strokes to create the abstract work, but stands on its own in a measure of uniqueness. This series of paintings from far away clearly use different shades of greens, but upon closer inspection also features hues of pink and yellow. 

Abstract art pieces, like this vibrant red painting, by artist Oliver Sutter are on display at the West Gallery on the second floor of the Abraham Campus Center. His paintings are on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday until May 24. / photo by Jack Janes

Underneath the “Asymmetry and Alignment” gallery sign lies a striking red painting with white geometric shapes, sitting across a juxtaposed bright triangular piece featuring different shades of yellow.

Johnson believes that these paintings are generous and invite people to spend time in the gallery. 

“I think that good ideas invite people to spend time, and look and discover… I think his work does that,” Johnson said. “Because all of the works are clearly painted by the same person with a very similar technique… they all feel like they’re of the same universe, but with distinct personalities.”

Sutter believes that having his paintings displayed in a university makes a certain statement. This space is located in an area that is frequented by a multitude of members of the ULV community. 

“There’s an awareness for me that even if I make something that is highly formal, highly abstract and ultimately on most levels really just about the color red… it’s still doing something… and its position within a public space at a university makes a statement,” Sutter said. 

He created his paintings with an understanding that this gallery is not a space like other museums may be, and recognized that people will be walking by them on their way to class, or viewing them as they sit and study which would not occur in a traditional space. 

He also recognized that with all of the natural light pouring in from the glass walls that enclose the Campus Center, his paintings would look different depending on the time of day. 

“I hope it’s going to feel different to look at them in the morning than it would in the evening,” Sutter said. “It’s also a building with that large atrium space that has the cafe downstairs. So there’s noise, but that noise is the life of human activity. Maybe if there’s a message, it’s that art is a thing to be lived with.”

This is true for junior computer science major Cherie Atalor, who comes to this space to do her homework on the couches in front of the gallery instead of the library for a more quiet and less congested environment.

Atalor believes it is nice to have a place to study where she can look up sometimes and see the art exhibited on the walls.

“It’s nice to look up and have something to look at, something that’s not just a white wall,” Atalor said.

She describes the art adorning the walls as interesting and very abstract, and loves the shapes of the objects in the paintings. 

Also frequenting this space to study is sophomore journalism major, Angel Oparah. Both she and Atalor recommend this exhibition and space to other students. 

Oparah feels that compared to other paintings she has seen in this space, these showed more freedom from the artist. 

“It’s a beautiful exhibition,” Oparah said. “It might look simple when you look at it, but I feel like the person who made it put their heart and soul into it.”

The “Asymmetry and Alignment” exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 24. Admission is free. 

Kelli Kuttruff can be reached at kelli.kuttruff@laverne.edu.

Kelli Makenna Kuttruff is a senior communications major with an emphasis in public relations. She is the arts editor of the Campus Times, and is in her second semester as a staff writer.

Jack Janes, a senior journalism major, is sports editor of the Campus Times and a staff writer for La Verne Magazine. He is also a staff photographer for both publications. He previously served as a Campus Times staff writer.

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