Artist reception: Saturday, March 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
In the current show, Circles & Squares, both artists Wendy Robushi and Robert Schwarzenbach, are working with minimal forms. Robushi works circular forms, placed upon square wood panels; Schwarzenbach floats square forms upon or within rectangular canvases.
Wendy Robushi has been working with mandalas, in circular form for several years. In her latest series, composed mostly of cut paper, she has taken the mandala to its simplest form. The mandalas are multilayered, concentric circles or spirals, comprised of of symbols, words, primary colors, or pure white. The pieces, while labor intensive, remain simple. Patterned compositions sometimes rise from the surface, creating textures that capture light and throw shadows in unexpected, delightful ways.
In his latest series of oil paintings Robert Schwarzenbach exemplifies his ongoing fascination and investigation with color as a powerful force in culture, both historically and in modern society. Majority of the paintings are large in scale, composed of multiple, scattered, squares or large, singular, central squares, that float upon and/or emerge from surrounding, built up layers of richly texture oils. While the colors used are often bold and saturated, the pieces evoke a contemplative sense of quiet and calm.
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