Gallery News & Events
New Abstract Paintings
13 September through 26 October 2002
Artist reception: 13 September 7-9 PM
Jan Baum Gallery proudly presents the fifth gallery exhibition of this veteran painter. Unequivocally devoted to the formal aspects of painting, her work has been much admired and collected for its perfection of form and color and for its mesmerizing surface. The artist speaks of her interests and concerns: In the 17th Century, the period of great Turkish carpet weaving, the dyer was considered the most important artisan. He was designated a master dyer only if he could create a color that had never been seen before. In the 19th Century, a French chemist, Chevreul, was hired by a Gobelin factory to determine why their black dye was not as black as the competitor’s. After researching the topic, he concluded that there was no difference between the blacks. The difference in the perception of the blacks related to their juxtaposition to other colors. In this century, Joseph Albers advanced the study of color theory, concentrating on color relationships and how they influence the viewer’s perception of space. The relativity in the perception of color and the resulting perception of spatial relationships are my primary interests. These theoretical concerns have given rise to my painting process. The paintings are built of 200 layers, alternating thin acrylic paint and sanding. Iridescent and interference pigments are used. The composition based on simple geometry emphasizes the color relationships. In these paintings, because the forms are soft edged and close in value, a strong figure to ground relationship does not exist. Rather, the paintings create a visual space within a small range. Many artists in the past three decades have professed to eliminate space in their paintings. I do not agree that this is possible. Some perception of space always exists. By using as few as two elements and two colors, my work attempts to prove that in painting, you always see what does not exist.