Thursday September, 6th, 2018
September 6 – October 6, 2018
DC Moore Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present Outset, an exhibition of new paintings by Barbara Takenaga, the artist’s fifth at the gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an essay, “On Systems of Radiance” by art critic Lilly Wei.
Takenaga pushes into further realms of meaning in this new body of work, incorporating motifs drawn from earlier paintings with new forms and fluctuations of space. Through a labor-intensive process that begins with the nonspecific pouring of paint onto canvas, Takenaga allows for unexpected happenings and accidents. From these earliest pours, she then coaxes her lyrical and complex vocabulary of marks, methodical patterns blending with the residue of chance. The forms she renders are completely abstracted yet suggest influences as diverse as the natural world, traditional Asian arts, and extraterrestrial phenomena.
Takenaga has embraced a muted kaleidoscope of grays and mineral greens, blues, silver, and black, which result in a mesmerizing psychological dimension. The eye alights on one of her marks and then another and the brain scrambles to organize them into a complete picture, only to have this imagined almost-image collapse, and reform again into something else. To study these paintings is a constant process of shaping new beginnings.