Wish You Were Here: Holding it Together

Posted on: May 18

We’re pleased to present the “Wish You Were Here” series of mini online exhibitions. In lieu of being with us at our studio and gallery during our closure, we’re bringing more Art Enables to you at home. Each themed collection features work by three of Art Enables talented resident artists, and 100% of sale proceeds from this affordably-priced work will go directly to our artists during this closure.

Holding it Together

The artists in this week’s “Wish You Were Here” online exhibition – Keith Lewis, Jamila Rahimi, and Chris Schallhorn – offer images of bright geometry. Colorful shapes crowd together, stacking and shuffling, and yet all seem held in place: the press of their forms secures them within confined spaces; and black lines join and buttress, feigning the look of stained glass. Together, the works are in turn mathematical and intuitive, highlighting each artist’s particular approach to building compositions with a focus on similar elements.

Keith is a quiet and focused presence in the studio. He works with precise and delicate strokes and never rushes a piece. He frequently incorporates flowers, cosmic-like objects, and geometric shapes into his work (sometimes all at once). His work can be both abstract and hyper-realistic, and he moves between the two effortlessly. See more of his work here.

Jamila has been with Art Enables since 2006. Her work shows off the diversity of her interests, showcasing her love for travel, baseball, and animals. Jamila brings her vibrant watercolors to life through densely constructed forms and an exceptionally patient and focused approach. She is incredibly thoughtful and always willing to sit down to chat, talk about her family, and share her excitement about upcoming events and activities. See more of her work here.

Chris is a fan of quilting and he creates the majority of his artwork by reinterpreting geometric designs that he sees in the patterns. Every step that Chris takes is planned and measured ahead of time. This process makes his work especially popular with those mathematically-minded people who enjoy the repetition in his art. Chris is also a jokester at heart and enjoys having fun with his fellow artists. See more of his work here.

Enjoy “Holding it Together” here.