The Nilson Gallery is a 900 square foot space, featuring solo exhibitions from our New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting program for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our state. In addition to our Emerging Artists Series, the Nilson Gallery features community-based collaborative exhibitions and exhibits that highlight the talents of our artist members. While closed due to safety precautions, the Monmouth Museum has set up a Virtual Nilson Gallery to continue to support local artists and the community.
Test Flight Overhead
The Artwork of Kati Vilim
September 18 - October 31
Gallery Opening Reception
Saturday, September 18 • 4-6PM
Kati Vilim Artist Statement
I feel very honored to be included in the Emerging Artist program at the Monmouth Museum and having the opportunity to share my work with a wider audience in September 2021.
In such transitional times with the whole world shifting around us, I feel that culture has a significant role helping us to redefine who we are.
With the help of the arts we are able to cognize seamlessly what the perception of a joyful and meaningful life means. Remembering our ideals will inspire us imagining and hopefully establishing a new environment we wish to live in.
In my work I create abstract images. This type of abstraction does not happen by way of the reduction of something visible. It is created through visual ideas, originated in the invisible part of the world – much like music, or mathematics. These ideas become visible through the compositions built from geometric forms – some simple, some complex – using transparency, color, structure, ratio or rules as repetition, and symmetry. If we were to apply a label to describe this type of work, we could call it geometric abstraction.
Around the time when I became interested in art I also started to learn how the brain works, and how visual information is managed. The way in which our mind creates an image translated from reality is a complicated process – many things can get lost or added through the interpretation. Through the understanding of a new image, an art piece can help us to open up new ways to understand the world, or ourselves from a new and different aspect. With a novel combination of visual elements, an image can help us to be more aware of the process of the interpretation itself. Providing the freedom to forget the existing preconceptions or contexts, the compositions invite the viewer to enjoy the immediacy of this abstraction and develop an independent and individual interpretation.
Using a traditional way of painting, combined with a world of simple forms, I am expressing new visual contents in the current era – contents that are characterized by a way of seeing, strongly influenced by technology and industrial development
I am very grateful to the Monmouth Museum for providing a platform of us to have a chance to start a dialog with the audience about our visions.
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