Addison/Ripley Fine Art is delighted to present its third exhibition of new work by Mira Hecht "Knocking on the Moonlit Door".
In 1920 the Société Anonyme opened its first exhibition in New York. Among the artists whose work was on display were Marcel Duchamp and Wassily Kandinsky, apparent polar opposites, the former's art so decidedly concrete and cerebral while the art of the latter was intensely involved with the spiritual. In her work, Hecht continues to successfully marry these opposites. This collection of recent works on canvas, panel and paper are carefully and skillfully crafted, with fine surfaces and considered compositions which lose nothing of the spiritual quality that the artist has always brought to her work.
In 1912 in the "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" Kandinsky wrote, "That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul." His early theory of abstract art might be considered one of the premises for Hecht's work. The ageless, irreducible circles - symbol of the cycle of non-changing change - of which most of this work is composed sing with a color rich meditative energy. Circles often layered one on top of another, are as light as soap bubbles or dense as celestial bodies.
Transparent planes of color, washing over the canvas in thin layers as in “Night Dreams” or dissolving kaleidoscopically into one another as in “Taste of Summer” add significant depth to these paintings. Variably arranged “Wheels of Light”, a large linear grid of small pastel pieces rubbed on sandpaper, is contemporary in style but could be reminiscent of 45 sequential mandalas.
This new, recent group of work, while familiar, has a bolder quality, a broader range of color and a laser like focus. The exhibition's title, "Knocking on the Moonlit Door", a line from Walter de la Mare’s poem “The Listeners” might as easily refer to Hecht's ongoing quest in her painting as it could to the universal desire for personal artistic expression. Whether a core of energy or a weightless effervescence, a point of light to contemplate or color saturated scrims, these works serene at their core, explore ideas of deliberate aesthetic perception – always inviting us to slow down and pay attention.