Michael Rouillard: Layered Compositions, Paintings and Drawings, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM


Michael Rouillard:  Layered Compositions, Paintings and Drawings Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn

September 5-27, 2008

Michael Rouillard has long been fascinated by the relationship of the seen to the unseen. He recalls painting both the backs and the fronts of his early paintings, and his installations have sometimes featured light emanating from behind walls or parts of paintings hidden behind architectural elements. His more recent work, including the new work in his upcoming exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, reflects this interest through the technique of layering.

Each Rouillard painting is composed of a number of thin, painted aluminum panels that overlap each other; the entire composition hangs flat against the wall. The parts of each panel hidden by the layers in front of it are as important as the parts that are visible, according to Rouillard. He refers to a “dialogue between elements seen and unseen” and speaks of creating a situation in which the viewer is led to speculate on what lies hidden behind the outer layers.

The works in the September show will feature a new medium for Rouillard: oil stick on aluminum panel. Rouillard cites 13th and 14th Century panel painters as an important inspiration for his current work and notes the similarity of texture between the tempera used in the early Renaissance and the oil stick used in his paintings. Rouillard’s new works achieve a richness of color and softness of surface that are reminiscent of these early masters of panel painting. Colors in the September exhibition will be a subtle range of light and medium grays and off white, combined with pieces in the red range.