An exhibition of new work by Charles Arnoldi, Case Study, will open at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art on July 27 and extend through August 27. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held on Friday, July 27 from 5-7 p.m.
The one thing you always know you will get when you go to an exhibition of work by Charles Arnoldi is authenticity. He doesn’t stand still—and that is what makes Arnoldi’s art continually fresh. Though the visual vocabulary may change from series to series, a student of Arnoldi’s art will begin to see the underlying patterns, the continuity from piece to piece that expresses so much of Arnoldi’s passions, obsessions, and curiosity. Though the works in this exhibition are in some ways an organic evolution or hybrid of his recent series Grids and Windows, as well as his interest in Mondrian and respect for Diebenkorn, subconsciously his passion for architecture was at play as well.
With their layered interaction of planes and lines, it isn’t difficult to make a link between these works and architecture. But the titling of the exhibition for the Post World War II program of Case Study homes sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine is more a case of synchronicity than of conscious planning. Arnoldi didn’t set out to create a series inspired by the Case Study homes, the connection came after the fact when he’d completed a number of the larger canvases and was thinking of what to title them. Having just visited a Case Study home in Los Angeles, his admiration of its clean lines and use of glass were still fresh in his mind and he decided to name the new pieces after Case Study architects.
In Charles Arnoldi’s latest exhibition, Case Study, structure is key. Though these paintings, with their constraint and geometry, appear clean and deceptively simple, there is a complication that arises as the viewer sinks deeper into the overlapping layers of lines and planes, studies the way they fracture at the canvas edges. The paintings in Case Study, with masterful architectural technique, balance tight precision with defiant complexity.