In a text for the catalog of a 2013 Paris group exhibition entitled “Crossroads,” Françoise Caille wrote:
“Cantrick’s work is characterized by an off-centered hybrid network of organic and geometric structures that seem to be moving beyond the limits of the picture plane. …A geometry that resists the rigor of classic mathematical figures is organized and then undone, favoring aleatoric forms and playing with the power of color contrasts. Out of the chaos and diversity of these structures emerges, however, a form of spatial anchoring: the compositions are stable, barely yielding to the movements that cross them. The work appears to be a constructive game of working out the best equilibrium amongst the forces at play. Cantrick employs at once an architectural approach and the means of a cubist who decomposes and recreates space, in this case fictive… The space is filled with structural richness, building a totality.”
Thus far, apart from two projects that produced paintings in series, the artist’s paintings are not serial, functioning in relation to each other less like siblings and more like only children with lots of cousins.
This acrylic painting on polyester exemplifies that only-child status, combining random source material from Cantrick’s previous paintings.
The extremely smooth surface of the polyester support permits particularly precise rendering and unique textural effects.
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About The Artist
Susan Cantrick is an American artist whose abstract paintings aim to articulate the complexities of emergent cognition.Read More