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Color as Structure
 June 20 - August 2, 2014

Color as Structure examines the ways artists use deliberate color choices to create sculptural or architectonic space in their work, as well as exploring aspects of weight, movement, rhythm, light and optical vibration. Some artists employ systems to determine color choice, as in Paul Corio’s use of winning thoroughbreds from New York racetracks to determine the position of the colors within each pinwheel in his painting, or Richard Garrison’s dissection and restructuring of color schemes from newspaper circulars. Optical investigations through color selection are found in linear and patterned works by Rob de Oude and Mel Bernstine. Structured space and movement through color is found in complex linear paintings by Jason Karolak and translucent, layered drawings in acrylic polymers by Maureen McQuillan. Drawing from her Roman childhood, Holly Miller references Italian design in her color choices in paintings of monochrome, irregular geometric shapes with edges articulated in thread, set against white fields. Alain Biltereyst’s simple geometric motifs and colors draw from graphic design, signage and logos found in the commercial and industrial environment.
Painting/sculpture hybrids range from Martha Clippinger’s playful and eccentrically-shaped painted works to Richard Roths’s illusionistic, geometric patterns playing across the surfaces of rectangular boxes. In Cordy Ryman’s dimensional work, diagonally-arranged white wood planks with sides painted in tonal variants of green and blue give off glowing haloes and create colorful rhythms. Deborah Zlotsky uses color to create dimensional space and weight in her painted arrangements of irregular geometric forms, while Kate Shepherd references the monumentality of sculptural space through the simplest means in her elegant arrangements of cut paper in contrasting colors. Elise Ferguson employs layers of pigmented plaster with patterned color to investigate interior space, while Don Voisine alternates rectangular zones of matte and glossy blacks to create spatial illusion, depth and movement. Richard Caldicott’s photograms explore sculptural geometries and rhythmic patterns by mounting single-color cut paper negatives side-by-side with their unique black-and-white prints.    more images
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