Westword announces Colorado Women in Abstraction

Westword, A Village Voice Media newspaper covering Denver and surrounding areas, announces Colorado Women in Abstraction at Center for Visual Arts, MSU, Denver, Friday, July 15.  My work, “Vortex” is featured (below). http://www.westword.com/event/colorado-women-in-abstraction-7923758 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER Colorado Women in Abstraction   Courtesy of the Center for Visual Art/MSUD Margaret Pettee Olsen,”Vortex.”  DETAILS Time:6:00 p.m. […]

FILE NOT FOUND work by Margaret Pettee Olsen + Brian Kane

  FILE NOT FOUND Work by BRIAN KANE and MARGARET PETTEE OLSEN Curated by Alexander Castro OCTOBER 15 2015 through NOVEMBER 14 2015 Opening Reception: OCTOBER 15, 2015, 5-10 pm Gallery EOSS 91 Hartford Ave., Suite 105, Providence, RI 718.501.4155 https://www.facebook.com/galleryeoss/ Gallery EOSS welcomes BRIAN KANE and MARGARET PETTEE OLSEN for its November show, FILE NOT […]

Facture — Finding My Way in Paint

Above, Waves (detail), 2013, polymer, reflective and interference pigment on canvas was sold to a private collector.   For years I’ve been inclined to put down subtle washes that I would build, layer upon layer.  I was immersed in the recognition of fast painting for so long during the eighties I reacted by defying painterly-ness […]

Several New Directions

I’ve been working in several directions lately. This large detail from a recent piece represents one. My use of reflective and interference pigments is employed to address concerns of ‘worlds within worlds,’ occlusions, modifying purchase and perspectives. However, some of these images are making their way into new media, and with that shift, another sort of […]

Clipping From The Archives: Susan Rothenberg Visits My Studio

While preparing a PowerPoint about my work for an upcoming talk in Aspen, I discovered an image from the archives: Susan Rothenberg visiting my studio. This image was taken back when my work was more figurative. As I remember, we talked about how the figures almost lost there identity as human forms and became suggestive […]

Helen Frankenthaler – Painter Who Breathed Big Life Into American Abstraction, Dies At 83

I had seen her work in New York, though what I saw was rather narrow in scope compared to what she made throughout her career. Last year, when I was up at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, I sat down in the library and perused a book of Helen Frankenthaler’s complete works. The catalog captured the […]

Thoughts On Cy Twombly

Even the sound of his given name is an onomatopoetic expression for the way his hand worked a canvas. Cy Twombly: light caresses over surface-—made more spacious by places of scripting, paint-scraping, wrist-rolling, reaching, stain-making, raking—straight white drips coupling with gray. Layering, over scribbles, scumbling, laying down more layers till blood orange kisses an unbleached […]

Power And The Language Of Abstraction

The language of abstraction can address a model of the universe that’s slippery and fluid; exquisitely accurate and irreducible on the one hand but inconceivably colossal on the other. We live in a world wherein the smallest stuff is neither energy nor matter—and yet both. Abstraction can allude to the conceptually unwieldy intersection of these […]