Bernarducci Gallery is pleased to present Luminous Paintings, a solo exhibition of new work by Steven Salzman. Salzman is best known for his large-scale depictions of abstract geometric patterns based on scientific theories and formulas. He explores the disruption of pictorial conventions through careful manipulation of time and place. The historic references of hard-edge Classicism of such artists as Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, Frank Stella and Bridget Riley are prevalent in his work. What is distinctly unique about Salzman’s paintings is the subtly hued luminescent, or ‘interference’ paint he utilizes. It’s an acrylic medium that has mica chips suspended in the emulsion causing light to be refracted and the pigments to shift colors. The ‘shifting colors’ are determined by the angle of the light source and the position of the viewer. Under certain conditions the color ‘disappears’ and the painting looks nearly white, or colorless. Change the lighting and viewer’s position and the colors look saturated.
Steven Salzman lives and works in Tribeca, New York. He earned his BA at Bard College in 1979 and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program from 1981-82.
Salzman and Bernarducci have a history of exhibiting together dating back to the 1980s. Salzman is a natural fit to Bernarducci Gallery’s new program, which represents emerging and established artists who are part of the New Precisionist movement. Bernarducci Gallery Chelsea was founded by Frank Bernarducci, a longtime 57th street art dealer and champion of primarily realist painters.
A full color catalog is available with an essay by Carole Ann Klonarides. For further information email [email protected]