A new exhibit in Coral Springs features paintings and bronze sculptures that portray subtle human emotions.
“Andre Desjardins: Visual Emotionism” at the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s main gallery has 40 engaging pieces designed to encourage viewers to ponder the subject’s private thoughts and motivations, like expectation, contemplation, concern and regret.
“They all sort of trigger emotions from your memory at different times of your life,” said museum executive director Bryan Knicely.
Desjardins, a French Canadian, developed the term “Visual Emotionism” to describe his paintings and sculptures, which mix elements of abstraction and realism.
“My goal is not to create a visually realistic portrait, but rather to elicit the visual reality of an emotion,” Desjardins wrote in the exhibition materials.
How it’s arranged also is aimed at stimulating the viewer, said exhibition curator Daniel Winn, of the Anaheim, Calif.-based firm Masterpiece Publishing that organized the show.
The 15 sculptures are in the open areas, which was