Selections from RAM's Permanent Collection: Andrew Molles
Exhibition: March 27, 2010-July 31, 2010
Andrew Molles' works feature geometric abstraction oriented towards a hard edge painting approach and employing the repetition and simplification of minimalist art. While most of Molles' paintings take up his entire canvas, there tends to be only a few basic elements within each piece, occasionally repeated multiple times. Often that element is a particular shape or symbol; other times it may be a cube stacked atop many other cubes.
As its name implies, geometric abstraction almost exclusively uses geometric forms in either its creation or its final imagery, although, as with other types of abstract art, this “rule” is not hard and fast. Unlike abstract expressionism whose practitioners supposedly work on a subconscious level, geometric abstraction occurs through the rational use of shapes such as squares and cubes, and circles and spheres to form what can seem like a precisely generated, almost robotic formation of objects.
Beginning in the late 1950s, a large number of Southern California artists employed a hard edge style of painting. It typically features simplified color schemes and precisely defined edges to accentuate chosen shapes.
Molles’ work exemplifies this style with its use of subtly shifting colors to make it seem as if part of the painting is in motion. In that sense, his work is clearly influenced by minimalist thought and style, specifically in the stripping away of unnecessary components to leave just the most important elements of the painting.