Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hunt Gallery: Friday, 12 October 2007

W. C. Richardson
October 12 - November 9, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 2007, 6 - 8pm

The Cecille R. Hunt Gallery is pleased to present recent work by Washington D.C. based artist W.C. Richardson. An associate professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland-College Park, Richardson's recent work presents an intersection of layered systems, seeking an intricate unity established through the act of painting and inviting an active engagement with his volatile color and figure-ground relationships. His oil and alkyd canvases explore predetermined geometric structures that interact with free-drawn forms, and harmonious systems of paint are influenced by both science and politics. Intentionally subverting our need for a "cause and effect" relationship, Richardson pushes his formal schemes as he moves from what he describes as "a mechanistic order to an imaginative one" as the successive layers flip and reconfigure in a boundless space. Using inundated color palettes and growing patterns he shifts our perception, playing with asymmetry by covering and interlocking large and small-scale shapes, the viewer is left to decipher between inside and outside, foreground and background. Simultaneously concrete and permeable, the intersection of these passages create a visual puzzle highlighting the underlying structure, where, complexity and energy are defined and weakened by layers of opposing grounds. Richardson's paintings
investigate the non-hierarchical association between his systems, ultimately to discover that they appear to be both independent and symbiotic.

Webster University - Visual Arts Studio - 8342 Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri, 63119
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