Donna Mintz reviews the exhibition Abstract Part 2 at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta. The show features works by Lorri Ott, Deborah Zlotsky, Clark Derbes, and Amanda Hughen.
Mintz writes that the "lively dialogue among this quartet of artists serves best by raising important questions of form, color and material. Relationships and comparisons emerge to deepen the experience of looking... it is the interplay of each artist’s unique take on abstraction that enlivens the discussion."
"Zlotsky pays attention to color, line and shape, but more importantly to depth. We can clearly identify geometric shapes, but their outlines take surprising turns that suggest receding and advancing forms. Usually this sensation is fortified when a lighter shape is contrasted by a darker value of the same color... As a result, the painted shapes take on a third dimension: they point beyond their placement within the frame and they point back to what lies behind them. In case of Waiting Room it is a glimpse of what could be seen as a light blue background in the lower and upper corners of the painting. In some instances the light blue cuts through the amassed forms causing a flow of air and making the composition seem lighter and less congested. Whatever it is we are looking at, it breathes."
The gallery notes that Zlotsky "borrows from the scientific term which refers to the way organisms and systems seek alternative states of being by shifting slightly from a designated path. When this happens, more complex relationships emerge... Within each painting, abstract forms not only appear to be figuring themselves out, but competing for space of the canvas. The bold blocks of color collide and push into one another, generating more complex relationships and inevitably push the canvas to appear ever evolving."
Artist Paul Behnke blogs a painting-rich photo tour of current exhibitions in Chelsea including installation views of works by Louise Fishman, Ghada Amer, Chantal Joffe, Alice Neel and Joan Mitchell in The Women in Our Life at Cheim & Read; Deborah Zlotsky in the Summer Group Show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts; Paul Resika: Flowers at Lori Bookstein Fine Art; and more...
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