In the late 1950s Düsseldorf-based artists Heinz Mack and Otto Piene debuted their vision of a new aesthetic that attempted to re-harmonize the relationship between humankind and nature in the wake of the devastation of World War II. In a deliberate move away from Expressionism, they proposed starting with a clean slate to create a “new art for a new age.”
Nothing Less is curated by Matthew F. Fisher and features a collection of artists working in New York City who explore meditation through their process of drawing.
The abundance of colors surrounding the gallery in Robert Swain’s latest exhibit, “The Form of Color,” is a little overwhelming. Only after walking around the gallery for a few minutes – with eyes searching the walls of mingling colors – will viewers find color collisions that appeal to them. And then it all makes sense. Lines begin to fade away until only meshing shades of color dance across the gallery. Individual squares of one solid color even appear to have their own changing color gradient within them. There are no objects or subject to focus on like in an average painting, just color.