Shape Paintings @ Locks Gallery

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Shape Paintings @ Locks Gallery

April 7, 2017 - May 20, 2017

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Locks Gallery is pleased to present Shape Paintings, featuring Jennifer Bartlett, James Havard,  Ralph  Humphrey,  Elizabeth  Murray,  Joanna  Pousette-Dart,  David  Row, Frank  Stella,  and  Richard  Tuttle.  This  exhibition  brings  together  works  that  span several decades of painting – challenging the traditional, rectilinear, sharp-cornered canvas to create a playful evolution of color and form.
In 1964, Lawrence Alloway organized the seminal exhibition –The Shaped Canvas at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Through their experimentation, the artists shown  questioned  the  distinction  between  painting  and  sculpture  –  flatness  and dimensionality.  They  created  works  that  embodied  the experience  of  the  world  in tandem with the viewer. It was a way to reconsider the relationship between wall and ground while honoring the nature of the continuous surface – a meditation on the act of painting.
Each of the artists in Shape Paintings explores their own relationship to surface and object.  Richard  Tuttle  and  Ralph  Humphrey  emerged  from  the  first  generation  of artists who questioned traditional rules of painting through a consideration of how one should experience form. Humphrey’s critique was based on the expressive potential of  the  shape,  while  Tuttle  examines  the  formal  elements  in  his  experimentation and  use  of  everyday  materials.  James  Havard  –  a  pioneer  in  abstract  illusionism, demonstrates  a  unique  visual  plane,  utilizing  spray  paint  on  an  unconventional painting surface – plastic. Elizabeth Murray’s works are frenzied cartoon-like shapes while  Joanna  Pousette-Dart’s  paintings  contain  subtle  layers  of  line  and  color  on
floating curved wood panels that suggest forms in motion – “line moving through light” and what Dart calls a “visceral interchange with nature”. David Row constructs sharp angled irregular canvases that also appear to be moving fragments of a whole, while Jennifer Bartlett continues to follow her counting grid system in a cascade of colored dots across large geometric shapes.




April 7, 2017
May 20, 2017
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Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South
Philadelphia, PA United States
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