Metz’s new works take the form of grandly scaled, shaped canvases, each one stained a deep indigo. Mirroring the abstract forms that appear in his earlier paintings, these canvases look like elongated lozenges, squared off at one end and with irregular edges. They are affixed directly onto the gallery’s walls, and often wrap around doorways and corners, as if they’re hugging the room.
The series stems from the artist’s effort to make the medium of painting more interactive and experiential, and to integrate it into the surrounding environment. Considering the whitewashed, boxy nature of contemporary gallery spaces, Metz began by posing
a question: “How can these walls and the movement of a person navigating through the exhibition become part of the work?”