Introduction to Disrupted Realism

We’re about a month away from the opening of Disrupted Realism! The show opens Friday, September 17th and will feature work from fourteen different artists. The exhibition has been curated by the author of Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World, John Seed.

The Evolution of Disrupted Realism

Seed’s career as an art writer began when his first blog “Picasso’s Recession-Proof Harem” was published via the HuffingtonPost on May 13, 2010. He was involved in the blog circuit for just over five years when painter, F. Scott Hess shared an observation with John. Hess observed that “many current representational paintings had an element of what he called “discombobulation” – a kind of visual disorientation often related to capturing time or motion.” With this in mind John further explored this subject and published “Interrupted Images: Discombobulation in Painting Is Definitely a Thing,” in September 2016. This post was the stepping stone towards Disrupted Realism.

The post was essentially the jumping off point for the concept of disrupted realism. Read the full article “Interrupted Images: Discombobulation In Painting Is Definitely A Thing” here.

“Interrupted Images” caught the attention of Vanessa Werring, gallery manager of Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia. Vanessa presented the concept as an exhibition to gallery owner, Katherine Stanek, and Disrupted Realism opened in September 2018. While the show was on display, Meghan Schaffer, a rep of Schiffer Publishing, visited the gallery and felt the concept was worthy of a book.

Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World was published in September 2019. The book is available on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, or sold directly by Schiffer Publishing. We will have a few copies available for purchase here in the gallery. Click here to learn more.

J Louis Waves 24 x 36, oil on cradled linen
So, What is Disrupted Realism?

“Disrupted realism is a term that describes works of art made by artists who have deviated from the norms of realism. These deviations, which may involve one or more formal elements – such as line, form, and color – are made intentionally, often through improvisation, to serve expressive purposes. By “disrupting” and expanding the tradition of realism, artists may suggest time, memory, and individual experience or refer to digital, photographic, or cinematic sources. It is a subjective approach to painting that favors perception over seeing and embraces subjectivity.” – John Seed

Stanka Kordic I Always Promised You a Rose Garden 28 x 25, oil on linen
Disrupted Realism at Principle Gallery Alexandria

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Get Ready for the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale!
We will be one of 70+ shops taking part in the 12th Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale on August 14th & August 15th. We will be offering summer deals such as readymade frames starting at $10 and deeply discounted uncut frame lengths. More deals and discounts will be announced!

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