Walter to assemble his most bleakly funny, hard-edge
book in years." JANET MASLIN
She graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1960, settled in New York the same year, and, from 1961 to 1971, moved in rapid succession through gestural figuration, hard-edge
abstraction, task-based painting, and word-based conceptual pieces.
We wouldn't have chosen this route if weren't involved in skating and the lifestyle, the fast and hard-edge
lifestyle that goes with skateing.
compartments crop the fluid gestures like the elements of a collage or a movie montage, generating a sense of duration.
It featured simple, hard-edge
geometric shapes painted in acrylic on linen and unprimed canvas, with ribbons of raw fabric disrupting symmetries and slicing up unexpected juxtapositions of color.
Almost embarrassingly (in the best sense) titled Heaven, 2004, and containing not a single hard-edge
line, the piece was appropriately accompanied by Clubchair 23 and Clubchair 24 (both 2005), items of chunky, handmade furniture constructed from painted wood and the polypropylene webbing found on folding beach chairs.
There is no doubt that with these Stella-esque hard-edge
abstract works Overby discovered that art could be both fun and easy.
Hammersley refers to the part of his corpus presented here as "organic abstract paintings" in part to mark their difference from his hard-edge
abstractions, which negotiate a cheerful territory somewhere between Ellsworth Kelly and John McLaughlin.
Thus, for example, one of Ross's "green giants" may be patterned like a topographical map, with a readily discernible network of hard-edge
lozenges filled with strictly graduated values of a single hue that chart the ins and outs of his forms and of the ground in front of which they are presented as if they were the ups and downs of an extraterrestrial badlands.
But what really matters--what empowers her to take on that tradition of hard-edge
abstraction and own it in 2003--is the way her colors, laid together, make a synesthetic sound inside one's eyes.