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7/16/2012 9:01:00 AM
White Hills Gallery gives solo show to Sedona's Keith Schall
In the Abstract
Semi-reconstructed composition by Keith Schall
Semi-reconstructed composition by Keith Schall
Sun Rahs Groove, by Keith Schall.
Sun Rahs Groove, by Keith Schall.

Camp Verde's art gallery, White Hills Gallery, is pleased to announce the first solo art exhibition for the new gallery that will feature local Sedona artist Keith Schall.

The solo show will feature four of his series of works that reflect his inspiration and understanding of the universe through an abstract representation of conflict. This exhibit will be on display through Aug. 20. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 20 from 5-8 p.m., where Schall will present a lecture on his work starting at 6 p.m.

Keith Schall spent many years as a professor of British Literature before he brought his favorite literature, jazz, myths and other influences to life visually on canvas. Inspired by artists like Frank Stella and Frank Gehry, Schall paints in an abstract style that allows for each line and shape to be meticulously planned and positioned precisely in order to bring out the conflict of his compositions that lead to his "metapaintings," or art about art.

Within each work, Schall breaks the typical boundaries of the rectangle canvas to better communicate his concepts. Schall had felt that previous abstract expressionists were restrained and limited by the rectangle of a canvas. In order to release the energy of abstraction, Schall began adding sculptural space to the edge of the canvas with wood and other sturdy surfaces. Each addition is deliberately created to enhance the visual composition and meaning behind each painting. This unique approach to extending the typical rectangle has set Schall aside as an innovator in the current contemporary art scene.

For this exhibition, Schall has selected work from four series of works: Deconstructed: a rebuttal to the deconstruction theory, Astrophysics: visual definitions of the physics of the universe, Jazz: recognizing the affinity between improvisational jazz and abstract art, and Metapaintings: art about art. In every painting, Schall uses bold colors, mixed media approaches and breaks rectangular boundaries in order to depict the conflict and fluid imagery of each visual metaphor.

During the opening reception on Friday, July 20, Schall will give a talk about his inspiration, his concepts and his approaches to painting for each work on display at 6 p.m.. The opening reception and talk will be free to the public, with complimentary refreshments provided by The Horn Saloon.

White Hills Gallery is located at 348 S. Main St., in downtown Camp Verde next to The Horn Saloon. White Hills Gallery is open Thursday, Monday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information about upcoming events, visit or call (928) 274-7903.

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