Opening Reception: Friday, October 7 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
On View: September 28 – October 29
In conjunction with the publication of Warren Rohrer—co-published by Locks art Publications and the Allentown Art Museum, Locks Gallery presents Pulse, Shift, Paint, Drift: Rhythms of Warren Rohrer, an exhibition of Rohrer’s mature works from the 1970s through the early 1990s.
Emerging from the experimental Philadelphia art scene in the early 1970s, Warren Rohrer (1927-1995) became known for his luminous, meditative paintings that concentrate intensely on subtle shifts of color and the steady repetition of the artist’s stroke.
“Acting on the realization that landscape (and much more inclusively, nature) was more than what I looked at, I redirected my attention to painting processes, which, interestingly enough, often paralleled the agricultural processes I had known all my life. I built all over surfaces by layering brushwork in which color was often extracted from seasonal information.
Since then I’ve spoken and written about my ‘stroke,’ specific and at the same time neutral, as my way of being in the work. These recurring strokes, famous for about a fiftieth of a second, are absorbed in the process and can be read in the paintings as the carriers of the color changes, referring to prior color stance and foretelling the inevitable course of the painting.”
– Warren Rohrer, from an artist statement for Marian Locks Gallery, dated March 1980.