Breathing Painting(s)

Currently on view at the New York Studio School Gallery are Rebecca Purdum’s paintings in her “Breathing Painting.” These eight paintings bring together stark contrasts such as materiality versus spirit and touch versus weightlessness. According to author Carol Diamond, these contrasts “send the mind into a world of memory and sublime dreamscape.”

These paintings made me think critically about composition. Following our discussions about composition in class, I had a more thorough understanding of how advertisements and popular media can be aesthetically pleasing. However, these more abstract pieces made me question what makes composition appealing. One word not used by Diamond or Purdum in this article, but that I think is fitting, is “balance.” All of the pictured pieces feature contrasts, but also effectively demonstrate balance both through form and color.

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