The square format of the paintings in this exhibition
are enigmatic in simplicity, the repetition of four equal sides and four equal angles. It presents interesting options, a
group of harmonic rectangles, the golden section, and even the curve of the logarithmic spiral derived from the square.
Hans Hofmann wrote, “The first line on the canvas is really the fifth”, meaning
that the four sides of the canvas are the first four lines. They are defining elements even before the first stroke is on
The paintings explore color interaction constrained by geometric shapes that
are in turn constrained by the square format.
What Are the Key Characteristic
of the paintings that make up Colors Square Route?
• Beside being in a square format they all use bright colors presented in specific shapes that can
be considered geometric, linear and hard-edged.
• The works emphasize
the flatness of the canvas because that is what these paintings are literally about.
• The excitement comes from the tension between the colors and shapes. It’s the subject of the
The integration of shapes, through overlapping or interpenetrations
blurs special distinctions, so that the sense of the image versus the background sometimes becomes ambiguous. The shapes often
seem to both advance and recede from surrounding colors.
The works encourage the
viewer to experience color as a thing. You can feel the sensation of movement caused by the colors themselves.
Some paintings in the series explore optical effects using color combinations, while others use
patterns and/or geometry to create optical illusions. Exploring color relationships using a hard-edge format of striped bands
of color creates order while the colors themselves are arranged to make something akin to harmonic transitions. Changes in
width and spatial distance between colors creates rhythms that makes up a painting's visual “sound”, just as Jazz
music is composed of patterns in sound. Enjoy them for the colorful “sounds” they create in your own mind.