Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Two Views (Land)
  • James Gross
    born 1950
    born: Wichita, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • Two Views (Land), 1983
  • Where object was made: United States
  • mixed media on canvas
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 31.43 x 52.7 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/8 x 20 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 31.43 x 52.7 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 12 3/8 x 20 3/4 in
  • Gift of James Gross and Althea Viafora Gallery, New York
  • Not on display
  • 1985.0150
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Exhibition Label:
"Dreams and Portals," Jun-2008, Kris Ercums and Susan Earle
Intro Label:
This summer display features selections from the Spencer’s permanent collection, including works that may evoke dreams and ideas of place, near and far.

The works range in media from painting and watercolor to collage, textile, and video. Some may transport you to other places, such as the lyrical "Blue Door (La Porte Bleue)" by French artist Pierre Lesieur. Reflecting the artist’s travels to North Africa, this painting evokes the sea or an open door in a way that suggests a dream, or a portal.

Many works feature abstract imagery, at times suggestive of dreams, or passages to other landscapes, be they of the mind or actual places. Others combine abstraction and figuration, like the William T. Wiley drawing
"Feeding Time." Others teeter between realism and abstraction, such as "Foam Chrome II" by Gary Pruner.

A portal can be defined as a door or gate or entrance, especially a grand or imposing one. Paintings themselves are like portals. They allow us to enter worlds and spaces like nothing else can.

Let your mind wander and see what dreams you might recall, or what new perspectives you might gain.