Salisbury Suite #3 Charles Gick


Shafer: ‘Language of the Road’ realism in abstract

Journal and Courier, June 3, 2015

Tom Shafer

Charles A. Gick’s current show, “Language of the Road: Meditations on Nature, Repair, and Reverie” currently on view in the East Gallery at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, is one such exhibit. Gick’s work is interdisciplinary, meaning he uses any medium or material that aids in the production of his art. His artwork has been shown widely across the United States as well as internationally in Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Serbia and South America.

I have always found it very interesting what artists have chosen for their subject matter. The first four words in the title of this show gives the viewer a fairly clear description of what this artist has chosen to work with. We have all seen fine examples of still life, portraits and landscapes.

Of course, many abstract works have a basis in realism. Gick has chosen to use, as it says in a portion of his statement, “The phenomenological and ephemeral qualities found in the environment such as cracked earth, damaged roads, rusted signs, repaired pavement ... .”

Viewers can be as mentally and emotionally involved in the work as they choose based on the artist’s statement as well as his choice of titles for each piece. On the other hand, viewers may wish to take a more independent path and look at each work of art without the aid of a title of a description. Perhaps view the exhibit with a friend and discuss each other’s reaction to each work of art before looking at the title, or reading the artist statement.

The work in this challenging show is based on reality but expresses itself by use of line, color change, visual texture, as well as positive and negative space. In other words, the artist is translating realism in an abstract way.

Each piece is delightful and demanding at the same time. The visual layers or strata that have been imaged are complex and energy filled. The art suggests the passage of time that can cause an emotional reaction as viewers look as the many life roads they have traveled.

Shafer provides insight about art exhibits in Greater Lafayette. Email him at orieshafer@hotmail.com.


If you go

What: Charles A. Gick, “Language of the Road: Meditations on Nature, Repair, and Reverie”

When: Through Sept. 6

Where: East Gallery, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 South 10th St.

Contact: http://www.artlafayette.org or 765-742-1128

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily