This exhibition focuses on Harold Garde’s small abstract landscapes executed in the strappo technique. Pieces in Sightings are single-note songs of sentiment and sensuality, sung by a chorus of ever-blending colors, and where one sees Garde’s love of paint in pure effect. These nebulous representations of landscapes, defined only by thin, exact lines of color or separated by rectangular shapes, don’t deal in dualities of personality or drama only perspective. The vertical and horizontal lines of complimentary colors, or the placing of a smaller strappo print on top of a larger one, act in place of the focusing parameters on a camera and contain two-in-one views of abstracted landscapes that are the painters only bargain with the double meanings that otherwise infest his oeuvre.
In the mid-1980s, Garde invented, developed and named Strappo printmaking, an artistic technique combining painting and printmaking that he teaches in workshops nationwide. Transferring dried acrylic paint layers from glass or another smooth surface onto paper or canvas produces a layered image's reversal and Strappo monotype.