Witmer, Patterson at Painting Center

These Painting Center shows are down (April 22-May 23), but I didn’t want them to pass unnoticed at JMAB. Douglas Witmer 's Field and Stream, a group of small easel-size paintings was in the small Project Room. Field and Sream is the name of a hunting and fishing magazine (not sure if it's still published), so I assume Witmer's reference is to his terrain of solid color placed over an aqueous background of foggy and mutable gray. The balance of materiality and ephemerality, geometric and atmospheric, is just right.

Above: Douglas Witmer installation; below: an individual work. Sorry, neither the gallery website nor the artist's website gives specifics, and I don't have them in my notes, but the work looks to be oil on linen

In the larger gallery up front, Carrie Patterson 's work was part of a three-artist show called Placing Color. I responded to Patterson's aproach to painting: numerous discrete canvases that appear to be built into one, and indeed her references are architectural.

Carrie Patterson, from the group show Placing Color. This work: 18 ft. St. Francis Xavier, 2008, acrylic on linen, 75 x 32 x 2 inches

I also liked the visual conversation that took place between her work and Witmer's, particularly those broad strokes of color asserting themselves over the whisper of unprimed or lightly stained canvas. Read more here.


Stephanie Clayton said...

These are wonderful.

Witmer's have such depth due to the values used, and the wash technique "behind" a thicker application of color fields. He's used an impressive range of grays.

Patterson's uneven lines are refreshing- not too contrived nor perfect. I find this, and her color palette, very appealing.

Much to like!

Admin said...

Douglas' titles and stuff at; in the photo of three paintings, left to right:

Tell The Birds 2009
Black gesso and acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches

Say So 2009
Black gesso and acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Green Gloves 2009
Black gesso and acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 inches

Joanne Mattera said...

Thanks, Chris.