Gary Petersen, Wish You Well, 2009
Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 inches
February 10 – March 17, 2010
Curated by Joanne Freeman and Kim Uchiyama, Color-Time-Space is an exhibition of thirteen geometric abstract painters that highlights the relationship between art and music.
James Biederman, Laurie Fendrich, Joanne Freeman, Julie Gross, Ben Larocco, Gary Petersen, Kazimira Rachfal, Jennifer Riley, Yvonne Thomas, Kim Uchiyama, Stephen Westfall, Thornton Willis, Kevin Wixted
“Music is an art of sound interval, time interval, and painting — my painting — is an art of space intervals. One is time, one is space.” — Gene Davis interview, 1981 Apr. 23, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Sound and sight share experiential qualities when interpreted in music and visual art. The rhythm and tones of music compare with the intervals of sight and space in painting. The underlying systems in the score of music, and the grid in painting are comparable structures in the art of composition.
The artists participating in “Color-Time-Space” use color selectively to build intuitively rhythmic, and distinctly diverse color relationships in their creation of the painting space. That space is defined by grids, both actual and implied, and by the repetition of specific color elements. The paradoxical relationship of the intuitive and the measured gives these painters works a variety of contradictory attributes.
In a 1971 interview with Barbara Rose for Art Forum, Gene Davis states, “One must enter the painting through the door of a single color…if the viewer selects individual colors and looks at them across the surface of the work, he’s almost reliving the painting process…the spectator is in a sense, entering into kind of a time experience in the same way that I did when I painted it.”
The “time experience” described by Davis, links the experience of contemplation by the viewer with the process of creation by the artist. The artists participating in “Color-Time-Space” address this link and demonstrate the emotive, visceral space created in painting when color is used with psychology and intention.