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You are in a changed space. The intricately folded transparent planes of color could v ery well be drawn directly onto the gallery walls\, erasing the notion of " a painting." The white of the walls ceases to appear flat while the drawing s hover in the space in front of or sink into the depths of the wall itself . With utterly deceptive simplicity\, William Metcalf's new series of works \, Mindspace\, defy the eye-triggering alternating shifts of perception wit hin the viewer.

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Th e aptly named Mindspace pieces are a departure from Metcalf's earlier work using sculptural forms projecting from the wall to explore three-dimensiona lity and shifts in perspective. With this new series Metcalf has returned t o the two-dimensional - but without sacrificing his exploration of percepti on-shifts. The pieces\, graphite and acrylic on DiBond cut out to the shape of their drawn perimeters\, are relentlessly flat in their form. However\, the drawn geometrical shapes (interlocking\, transparent planes) clearly s uggest three-dimensionality\, though without the use of perspective. The pi eces present a sort of visual conundrum - simultaneously it is clear to us that the piece is entirely flat and yet the look of the lines and shapes im ply three-dimensionality. The blinking shift which happens when the viewer looks at a piece\, seeing flatness and then seeing depth\, takes place enti rely inside the mind of the viewer.

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For Metcalf\, the questions which emerged and engaged art ists from the Modernist era are essential principles which continue to info rm and direct his work. Issues of non-objectivity\, flatness\, and figure-g round relationships form the architecture around which Metcalf has explored what he terms his\, "career-long quest\," to answer one question: "What el se can I do with painting?" With the Mindspace paintings Metcalf has return ed to drawing and to the conscious flatness which is quintessential to pain ting as a medium.

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In fact it is a paradox of these works that the flatness actually works as a part of the shivering illusion of three-dimensionality. Standing in front of one of the Mindspace pieces\, something relaxes in the eye and suddenly the flat drawn planes appear to unfold\, to unpack themselves\, accordioni ng out into space. But with another moment that illusion winks out of exist ence and the eye clearly sees flat lines on flat space. The viewer's mind i s not allowed to rest comfortably in either position and this insistence is a key to what is so arresting about the pieces. As Metcalf says of his wor k\, "the medium has always been the message." The sense of insistence in th ese works involves more than just the notion of space and surface\, there i s a demand inherent within the works themselves that the viewer sees and un derstands these pieces for exactly what they are\, which is to say - painti ngs.

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Finally there is a fresh cleanness of line and form that defines these new works. The fo rms and colors are elegant\, simple\, and yet deeply alluring. Part of this may be linked to Metcalf's return to his early love\, drawing\, though he now uses an iPad to sketch\, rather than a pad of paper. As Metcalf says\, "There is a great deal of love inherent in the creation of an interesting l ine."

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Just as the title suggests\, Mindspace demands that viewers come ready to engage. Each piece\, a small paradox of its own\, offers the viewer the opportunity to e xplore not only line\, color\, surface\, space - but to investigate the rel ationship between eye and mind\, object and subject\, art and perception. DTEND:20130430 DTSTAMP:20141122T030238 DTSTART:20130329 GEO:35.6869752;-105.937799 LOCATION:Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard)\,554 S. Guadalupe Railyard A rt District\nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:MINDSPACE\, William Metcalf UID:263585 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130329T190000 DTSTAMP:20141122T030238 DTSTART:20130329T170000 GEO:35.6869752;-105.937799 LOCATION:Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard)\,554 S. Guadalupe Railyard A rt District\nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:MINDSPACE\, William Metcalf UID:263586 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR