A Solo Show of Paintings by Randall Stoltzfus

April 25 – June 5th, 2013
Opening Reception, Thursday April 25th, 6-8 PM

Blank Space
511 West 25th Street
Suite 204
New York, NY 10001

Backlight was covered by Artribune

Installation view of paintings by Randall Stoltzfus in the exhibit Backlight at Blank Space gallery in Chelsea
“Scarab”, “Fold”, and “Seagate” hang at Blank Space Gallery in New York

From the press release:

Of his recent work, the artist has said: “The circular mark-making and the sensation of light emanating from behind the plane is what the paintings have been about for a while. […] I’ve always worked to achieve as much dynamic range in the image as I could pull off in terms of dark and light. Complementary contrasts–bluest blue to brightest orange–what happens in the subtle passages is both thrilling and terrifying.”

Contemplating a Randall Stoltzfus painting, one may experience light as either radiating outward or decaying within.  Whereas past work suggested nighttime landscapes or wooded thickets with light in the distance, the work for the BLANK SPACE show is more abstract with larger passages of brilliant color coming forward in space.  The painting Morir Soñando, which translates as “Die Dreaming,” is a 4-foot by 5-foot work in the show that dramatically exemplifies this approach with its mandala-like composition of jubilant oranges and yellows dissolving into a central area of bright blue.

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