James Panero, executive editor of the New Criterion, reviewing one of her shows, says about Gourlay’s work:
“For Gourlay the painterly sound is rhythmic. She mutes her colors of melody to emphasize the syncopation of her forms. In her large square canvases, often named after instruments, she uses collage to layer horizontal strips of paper that have been tinted along their edges, then adds additional squares of paint like regular punctuations. In other examples she stacks her square blocks of color. In others she plucks an edge into a triangle. The overall results are quiet and harmonic, like an ensemble of world music in otherworldly form, here arranged in sublime surroundings"
This piece uses a combination of collage and painted shapes and is inspired by thinking about textiles, Anni Albers, color and music.
The collaged paper pieces are lines that are like notes in a diary and like the warp and weft of textiles.
The geometric shapes are created from bars of color and are playful elements. The piece grows gradually without any pre-conceived ideas and is composed somewhat like music, element to element, note to note and aware of the play between delicate line and bold shape.
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About The Artist
Elizabeth Gourlay is an American contemporary artist who explores the possibilities of color, form and architectural space in her abstract paintings.Read More