The selection of work by artists – Arno Kortschot, Connie Goldman, and Gary Petersen – is a look into the dimensions artists develop to express formal and spatial ideas – fully dimensional, the suggestion of dimension, and the illusion of dimensionality on a flat canvas. Also, because the art is intermixed, one artist’s work hung near another artist’s work, the viewer is given an additional opportunity to contemplate far more spatial and formal possibilities had the art been compartmentalized artist by artist. Needless to say, this is an extremely dynamic experience.
Kortschot works full-dimensionally rendering geometric forms, in-the-round, from exposed shiny metals contrasting with added color. Goldman also works geometrically, but emphasizes, in her paint on panel wall sculptures, the illusion of contrasting form and space on a flatter surface. Seen largely frontally, her work has a tighter dimensionality. Petersen, works strictly with paint on canvas rendering playfully geometric linear patterns of delicious colors that convey space and movement on a flat surface. In their work, each artist renders real or the illusion of form and space, and the pull between these structural building blocks, as well as the unique qualities that arise from working in various depths of shapes and space.
Kortschot fills spaces with geometric abstractions, which also resemble a type of modern architecture. Coming from the Netherlands, the sculptor brings a history of design to his work -- clean lines, and an economic mode of rendering total abstraction rather than known figuration. Hence, the work, often a metallic folding, seems timeless, having a strong focus on spatial configurations and limitless formal possibilities. Kortschot uses zinc, along with bright colors that patina overtime endowing the work with a unique visual quality that the artist developed in his constant experimentation.
Goldman sees her art as painted sculpture or sculpted painting. The work always conveys the dynamism of three-dimensionality, but there is also a twist. In Goldman’s art there is a simultaneous sense of stability, a falling apart, and a coming together, the inevitable tension found as form and space conflict yet mesh. She notes that what is particularly interesting about this exhibition of her work is that Jamie Brooks selected the best of several bodies of work and hung them allowing the viewer to see each artist’s work next to another artist’s work, perhaps from a different stages in the artist’s development. Also of consideration is that, in select art, Goldman often references music, the dynamics of rhythm, cadence, and sound, which when we think about it, brings us back to a sense of stability, a falling apart, and a coming together, as the artist endows the work with resolution but leaves it up to the viewer to find.
Gary Petersen is interested in purely painted geometric abstraction; but for him, it is how color, line, shape, and the illusion of space, distance, and tension convey the vulnerability of his colored linear patterns. Lines are often vivid, but also fade into a pale gray, giving the illusion of enormous distance, even just inches away. Perhaps it is the brightness, the bouncy quality of colors moving vertically, horizontally and a diagonally that gives his work a rhythm, a sort of spirit that almost make you want to dance.
This not only an extremely thoughtful, varied, and wonderful exhibition, it is also a lesson in how artists perceive the world and translate their vision into their art. Although the work is created by distinctly different artists, there are threads they all share that makes this particular show a most stimulating treat.