(Patrick Wilson, Secret, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 49" x 59"; Courtesy of the artist and Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco)
Los Angeles painter Patrick Wilson presents a magnificent new body of his brilliantly constructed, abstract acrylic on canvas paintings in his highly anticipated third solo exhibition titled 'Slow Motion Action Painting' at Marx & Zavattero, June 2 – July 14, 2012. Wilson’s paintings are conceived with the ideas of beauty and pleasure at the forefront. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Wilson is inviting his viewers to enter the gallery, and then consciously slow down in order to actively experience his work in the same manner in which it was created.
Through the use of various sizes of drywall blades, the artist meticulously “assembles” his paintings by pulling on hundreds and hundreds of translucent and opaque layers of acrylic paint. The result is a dense architectural and chromatic pattern, made up of both astonishingly subtle tonal shifts and hard-edged color fields. Wilson’s playful color combinations employing literally dozens of tints demonstrate breathtaking risks, as the resulting variances in tone – sometimes harmonious, sometimes clashing – are always alive with delightful surprises. The effect is astonishing, as it calls to mind the slowly revealing work of light and space artists Robert Irwin & James Turrell.
(text source: Marx & Zavattero)
(Image: Patrick Wilson, Juliet, 17" x 17", acrylic on canvas, 2010; Courtesy Marx & Zavattero)
More about Patrick Wilson (b. 1970, Redding, CA)
Patrick Wilson's work is deceptive. At first look the paintings appear to be highly skilled creations of fields of color with rectangles and squares sitting atop one another. Some pull forward, others create boxes with shadows. Complimentary colors make some obvious pops. But the more you look, the more you see and if you get up close and personal and really observe, you'll see corners and edges fading into backgrounds, squares that appear to be raised from the surface - but are they really? Tiny lines that over lap in some places but lie underneath others. Colors that once pushed outward suddenly become flat and withdrawn. Faintly remembered outlines seem to hover through fog; have these been painted over or it is tromp l'oeil? Layers of color, surfaces that are smooth and textured, tiny lines of unexpected pink or transparent green, all create an elaborate tableau of imagery that is at once simple and rich.
(text source: LA Art Diary)
Education: A.A., Shasta Community College, Redding, CA, 1990. B.A., University of California, Davis, CA, 1993. M.F.A., Claremont Graduate School, CA, 1995.
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