Cynthia Penna, artistic director at ART1307 and curator wrote about Gary Paller’s work:
“The morphology of Gary Paller’s forms has its deepest roots in the unconscious. The softness of the geometric forms are, very clearly, retraceable to situations of the subconscious, buried in its hidden depths (…)
The beauty of Paller’s pictorial composition lies in the fact that it is purified of any other component that obstacles or distracts” the eye from the movement of the form. Paller’s research aims at the purity of the form and its movement in space, determined by the colour and by the relationship between colour and colour, or between colour and line.
It is this perfect balancing of volumes and colour that gives the spectator the peculiar sensation of being “cradled” in space, of being carried by a kind of soft waves towards a dreamy and unconscious world not unlike a maternal womb of absolute protection”
This piece was made working in collaboration with Wildwood Press in St. Louis.
Per his computer-made vector file design, metal stencils were made of his composed shapes. In the case of this piece, the full sheet of paper was inked black using a collagraphic plate, which gives the surface a rich, organically embossed texture.
A few days later, after the black had completely dried, the metal shapes were inked red and printed over the black. The red parts are shiny and the black more matte, as the oil-based ink from the red shapes doesn’t absorb into the paper.
With these pieces Paller is interested in the way forms relate to their neighboring forms. The interplay between positive and negative forms is particularly intriguing.
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Gary Paller is an American contemporary artist born in 1953. In his practice Paller plays with forms and colours creating vivid abstractions on canvas and paper. Read More
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