The Andre w Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Ricci Albenda’s fifth exhibition at the gallery and his first painting show at the gallery since 2004.  It com prises thirteen large word works\, each six feet high and ranging from six to ten feet wide\, all of which share a blue ground based on the color of the sky.  Evoking a gallery of great windows\, these works are not only a bout light\, but also about air.

To create these text-based pai ntings Albenda has continued to utilize his alphabetic colorization system \, which dates to very early in his career. This highly evolved system is still the basic rubric by which the paintings are created\, but this most recent series of works can be seen as a significant departure insofar that the system is endemic rather than overt.  Rather than the color system be ing the Rosetta Stone by which all works in the show can be understood\, e ach painting is its own universe\, rendered with its own unique palette an d strategy.

The original system mapped the alphabet onto the na tural spectrum. Every letter thus has its own particular hue value\, and e very word rendered the system has its own distinct color pattern. Albenda sees this as largely utopian\, and has thus expanded its functionality to accommodate real-world media. He last developed it into a series of monoch romatic palettes that correspond to his vowel hues in the basic system\; a – red\, e – orange\, i – yellow\, o – green\, u – blue\, and (sometimes) y – purple. Each new palette retains the original hue identities of the b asic system\, albeit through a color filter of that palette's defining hue . Now\, for this show\, every painting utilizes a COLOR-I-ME-TRY palette c orresponding to the one blue color on which they all are painted - however - no two palettes are the same: even within the constraint of a single hu e this system has an unlimited range.

The background upon which the “text” is painted emulates the color of the sky\, which is unique in being experienced as a single and consistent visual field from innumerable points of view.  It is elusive while being omnipresent. The spatial ambig uity associated with the color fosters the experience of the works as wind ows\, as does limiting the works to three standard sizes.  The paintings a re hung with a constant and traditionally speaking quite small amount of w all space between them\, which recall mullions or columns. Albenda is ulti mately a perceptualist.  His work always at its foundation explores the f undaments of cognition whether they are linguistic\, visual\, temporo-spat ial or otherwise.  For this show the works conspire toward a lighter\, if no less lofty goal. One might imagine the gallery as an abstraction of the Acropolis\, or the penthouse of a very\, very\, tall building.

Ricci Albenda has shown extensively in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art in New York\, and the Rachofsky Foundation in Dallas\, Texas\, as well as the Institiute of Contemporary Art in Boston\, Site Santa Fe\, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati\, and the New Museum in New Yo rk.  Internationally he has exhibited at museums and galleries including t he Institute of Museo d'Arte Contemporanea\, in Torino\, Italy\, the Stede lijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst\, (S.M.A.K) in Gent\, Belgium\, Centre Geor ges Pompidou in Paris\, France and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art. < /span>

LOCATION:Andrew Kreps Gallery @ 537 W. 22nd\,537 W. 22nd St. \nNew York \, NY 10011 SUMMARY:Paintings\, Ricci Albenda END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR