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"Ethel Gittlin’s new body of work\, “Full Circle\,” emerges from the natural world\, but in it reality is abstracted and transformed. T he colors and patterns seem to float across each canvas like leaves on the water. Crisp\, delicate and organic\, the shapes are self-contained\, yet i n harmony with their surroundings. We may think we decipher blossoms\, seed s or pods\, but\, on closer inspection\, the brilliantly hued figures refus e to be pinned down. They are familiar\, yet alien. One senses their origin in the forces of nature\, but the artist’s individual sensibility is clear ly at work here\, molding the motifs into larger\, flowing patterns. 

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The power of these paintings lies as much in Gittlin’s use of negative s paces as in her use of positive ones. While the shapes suggest organic stru ctures\, it’s the space in between that defines the forms and provides them with an environment. In 17th-century Japan\, Ogata Korin and his followers in the Rinpa school pioneered a subtle and sophisticated use of negative s pace in the sumptuous designs they painted on lacquer ware\, scrolls and sc reens. This vision\, in which the form of what is not there is as important as what is\, influenced generations of Asian artists and\, by the late 19t h century\, had spread across the globe to influence the work of the Impres sionists and their descendants. That sensibility is evident in the work of Manet\, Degas\, Cassatt and many in the generations that followed." **   -  Mona Molarsky

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** Mona Molarsk y is a writer based in New York City. She has written for Art News\, City A rts\, The Nation and many other publications

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