Mindy Solomon Gallery is delighted to present If You Would Just Shut Up and Listen. A group exhibition featuring the work of Gary Petersen, Kelly Johnson, and Alejandro Contreras.
“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”
―William S. Burroughs, The Job: Interviews with William S. Burroughs
The works in this show are loud and vibrant. They screech for attention. Their graphic line and bold color inspire movement and geometry. In order to truly experience the work, you need to look and squint and look again. Close off all noise and chatter and see the visual connections.
By working with geometry and color, Gary Petersen brings a personal and idiosyncratic touch to this genre and addresses issues of uncertainty, imbalance, and playfulness. He starts a painting with multiple irregular lines and grids. Then brushes on a thin wash of transparent white, which partially obscures this under-painting. This creates a muted scaffolding, or substructure, to build my stacking forms and lines. As he paints, one decision determines the next, building up his wobbly stacked forms. Unlike most geometric painting, which is preliminarily sketched out and planned, Peterson works intuitively, one decision determining the next. Space is implied in his work, rather than being illusionistic. Color is the scaffold that holds his forms in place while giving them a rhythm that is both harmonious and dissonant. Petersen’s irregular geometric forms overlap one another with rhythmic energy, punctuated by linear elements, which zip across the surface, articulating the larger masses of color while providing movement and direction.
It requires the enormous presence of mind or rather quickness of wit when opening your eyes to seize hold, as it were, of everything in the room at exactly the same place where you had let it go on the previous evening. That is why the moment of waking up was the riskiest moment of the day. Once that was well over without deflecting you from your orbit, you could take heart of grace for the rest of the day.