David Richard Gallery - Santa Fe
Marge Rector: Abstract and Captured Forms, 1967 to 1975
On view through April 28, 2018
The current exhibition, Abstract and Captured Forms, 1967 to 1975, explores 2 series of paintings, Captured Forms and Abstractions that Rector initiated in 1967. Captured Forms was one of several black and white series initiated in 1967 that consisted of bold Modernist structures with slight optical effects that evoked the sensation of vibration or movement. The other series were Reflections and Shadows. Her first series of black and white paintings, Visual Participation, were hard-edge, consisting of arrays of lines, dots and circles along with other fragmented shapes that created optical and illusory effects. Rector’s Abstraction series is far reaching, lasting until 2014 and included black and white as well as color-based abstractions, hard-edge forms, optical patterns and Color Field painting.
Like other artists throughout the US in the 1960s who explored Post-painterly abstraction, Rector worked independently and in isolation finding her own way through a myriad of aesthetic changes and approaches. Yet similar themes and tendencies emerged in parallel across many regions of the country. In Rector’s paintings, transitions from Modernist geometric structures and illusory effects gave way to her own experimental paintings that were comprised of 2 canvases stretched one in front of the other with about 2 inches separating them. The front canvas was surgically cut in select areas coincident with the compositions to create irregular shaped openings that revealed the canvas below. The shape of the openings clearly interacted with the painted structures in her compositions, but added a mysterious portal, another dimension and view to the world beyond the surface of the canvas.
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