In the Newark Star Ledger Dan Bischoff reports that “Material Color” at the Hunterdon Art Museum brings together abstract art made out of color — not paint alone, but color that has become an almost three-dimensional object in itself. “Peter Fox’s ‘Royaume’ (2008) is a good example — a six-foot-square canvas covered with loops and whorls of acrylic pushed out from a plastic applicator like cake icing. James Lecce, of Hoboken, has poured acrylic polymer emulsion onto a canvas-covered panel with a sort of Rococo abandon (‘Chambord,’ 2008) that looks like molten candy. ‘When we were hanging the objects in this show I kept wanting to lick everything,’ says curator Mary Birmingham. And no wonder — so many of the artists here pour first and peel later (that is, they pour paints onto glass or plastic, let them dry, then peel them off and either reapply them to a surface or turn them into thin sculptures). Ivana Brenner, who flew up from Argentina to install her ‘Sin Titulo (Bosque)’ (2008), lets oil paint congeal into a solid on strips of plastic, peels them off, and then folds them into deep arrangements that look like patterns of rose or other flower petals. Think of it all as corporeal color.”
Although the Museum’s online press materials are skimpy, Joanne Mattera, whose work is included in the show, reports on her blog (with excellent images) that the 20 artists in the show all “work with mostly saturated color in a tangible, physical way. Nobody in this show just ‘paints.’ As you can see, pigment is poured, pulled, rolled, slumped, sliced, dripped, swiped, squirted, pieced and scraped.”
“Material Color,” curated by Mary Birmingham. Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ. Through Jan. 31. Artists include Cecilia Biagini, Alana Bograd, Ivana Brenner, Omar Chacon, Carlos Estrada-Vega, Peter Fox, Vincent Hamel, Gregg Hill, Wil Jansen, Vadim Katznelson, Lori Kirkbridge, Kathleen Kucka, James Lecce, Markus Linnenbrink, Joanne Mattera, Carolanna Parlato, Paul Russo, Robert Sagerman, Louise P. Sloane, and Leslie Wayne
Image at top courtesy of Joanne Mattera Art Blog.