Louise P. Sloane
The visual language of my paintings embraces the legacies of reductive and minimalist ideologies, while celebrating the beauty of color and the human connection to mark making. The way the brain registers color, movement and spatial/geometric relationships is at the heart of my work.
The work focuses upon geometric forms, grids and patterns. These detail-oriented works are typically divided into rectangles or squares. The square has become a repetitive motif, which, along with the grid, provide structure for all of these paintings.
Similar compositional principles underlie each work with some slight modifications. Commonly, the image is divided into five parts: four rectangles and a central square. Whether the square is dimensionally similar to the outer rectangles or not, it always dominates, creating a central core for the flow of the painting. It is important to me that the works present themselves as human-made objects. Not wanting to obfuscate the traditional precepts of reductive art, my goal has been to utilize this rich past and move forward through my own modifications and additions.
The flaws and imperfections of the repetitive handmade patterns and physical motion and depth of paint are accentuated by the geometric formalities within the painting’s structure. Regardless of the painting’s texture and color, the square prevails, providing harmony and unity.
In many paintings, complex color contrasts intensify the three-dimensionality of the texture and compete for the viewer’s focus, keeping the eyes and mind in constant motion, fusing my interests in geometry, color, and light.
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