Christopher Lowrance posts about the exhibition Color Country featuring work by Tom Gregg, Daniel Reneau, and Anne Thompson at the University of Central Missouri's Gallery 115, on view through December 7, 2012.
Lowrance writes: "All three make work that considers the perception of color, and also the desire to define color, make it mean something certain and constant. The problem is, and this is what makes these three artists approach to color so interesting, is that it’s as impossible to define color, to make it mean something simple and absolute, as it is to look at color as optically constant. The problem becomes almost existential."
Christopher Lowrance interviews painter Tom Gregg about his work and studio practice.
Gregg notes "the life or presence of the painting as an actual object, is incredibly important to me, and relates to this scale question as well as to the attention I give to the surface qualities of my paintings. The size of the objects in my paintings seems to shift, usually for reasons that are more intuitive than conscious. They feel right at a certain size, which is usually linked to other factors in the paintings. The most aggressive subject matter I ever painted had the largest scaled objects whereas a quiet, somber set of paintings I did not long after that had almost normal scaled objects. At this point they are bigger than real life, but I don't really experience them that way, they just seem right at that scale. There is no doubt it gives the paintings a definite and hopefully slightly disquieting presence as an object, and helps to separate it from merely being an image or a representation."
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