PEREGRINEPROGRAM is pleased to present contingencies, a selection of Joan Waltemath's works from 2003 to the present. Working initially from a harmonic grid, Waltemath determines points in space that open up as void forms or portals the longer one looks at them. For contingencies, Waltemath will create a new installation of selected works based on these harmonic progressions, juxtaposing different materials to highlight diverse spatial resolutions. The reflectivity and material density of paper, mylar and aluminum panels using oils, hand-ground, non-traditional, reflective pigments, colored pencil and graphite become the vehicle to overcome the flatness and dominance of the traditional grid, while her color sense and diverse mediums are the final arbiters of its realization.
Joan Waltemath is a New York-based abstract painter who has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Basel, London, Brussels, and Cologne. Her work is in many noted public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Musée de Beaux Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Waltemath has written extensively on art, including catalogue essays on Alan Uglow and James Howell, and has served as an editor-at-large of the Brooklyn Rail since 2001. Her forthcoming essay on Charline von Heyl will appear in Parkett. Waltemath is the Director of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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PEREGRINEPROGRAM presents contingencies by Joan Waltemath from April 16 – May 14, 2011.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 16, from 3-6 pm.
* Michelle Heinz, Director of Frederico Sève Gallery in New York, will join the artist in a conversation at 4 pm.