New Paintings

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© Courtesy of the artist & The Painting Center
New Paintings

547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
November 2nd, 2010 - November 27th, 2010
Opening: November 4th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6


When Rella Stuart-Hunt read Ernst Mach's 'The Analysis of Sensations' in which
he talked of parallel lines providing an illusion of wave-like curvatures and
swellings, she thought about the early paintings of Bridget Riley, her fellow
countrywoman. However, rather than focus on parallel lines creating an illusion
as Riley had done, Stuart-Hunt in her most recent paintings - she has had two
previous shows at The Painting Center - decided to simplify and refine what she
had been exploring previously.
While her previous exhibits were inspired by her poetry, in this, her first oneperson
show in the main space of The Painting Center, Stuart-Hunt focuses on
the purely visual for personal expression. She has chosen to explore the color
effects of interrupted color shapes on either side of vertical divisions. Using a
format that has been part of her work for several years, she has placed alternate
gray arcs (or swellings) on either side of an implied vertical line, intending to
subvert the simultaneous contrast that usually occurs. She has used grey
extensively for its tendency to change easily in visual color qualities when seen
in different contexts, an effect which occurs only in the eye-brain system of the
viewer. She hopes that the patient viewer will be rewarded by extended and
slower visual investigations of her paintings, creating a further sensory
awareness of her expressive intent.