Isoceles, equilateral, scalene, right, obtuse, acute and equilateral. The humble triangles that we all studied in geometry figure prominently in contemporary abstraction, particularly in Andrew Seto and Deborah Dancy's recent work.
In "Lazy Reader," London artist Andrew Seto's first NYC solo show at Theodore:Art, the outlined triangular forms are like puppets on a stage, coalescing into images of Modernist tabletop sculptures or congealing into densely textured shapes. Using a fat, loaded brush, Seto creates quirky, small-scale paintings that riff playfully on the dramas of everyday life.
When I asked Seto about his fondness for the triangle, he said he likes the vibrancy of the patterns they create, but also thinks the simple three-sided form is imbued with a kind of universality or perfection that metaphorically conveys beauty or truth.
"I find myself playing with, or upsetting, their order in drawings and paintings," Seto said. "Breaking one thing to discover something new. Positive spaces create negative spaces, and vice-versa. That visual interplay carves out a tension in the picture plane, even if the resulting dynamic is quiet or meditative. Essentially, I use them to explore pictorial space and to push through new images that resonate for me poetically. "
Deborah Muirhead's abstract paintings tell tales of early African-Americans (2007)
Inside the painter's head (2011)