Texture meets abstract form

Feb 232012

A new exhibit titled “Textured Interplay: The Abstract Art of Ellida Schargo von Alten” opened at the University Art Museum at the University Center for the Arts Thursday, and will be open through April 7.

Ellida Schargo von Alten is a German artist who produced drawings in pastel and charcoal that “unite the illusion of texture with abstract form” within the first decades following World War II.

“In her artworks the play of light and shadow, mass and void, depth and surface merge formal concerns with surreal visions of organic nature,” according to the event’s website. “Schargo von Alten’s drawings are enlivened by textural experiments that depart from the frottage and grattage of Max Ernst’s technique.”

The gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.

“This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to witness the genius of an artist overlooked by official histories of art, as so many women artists have been.”

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