Blaise Rosenthal’s acrylic & charcoal works reveal subtle forms with layers of intricate construction.
A straight crisp line, a clear division of light and dark, cuts across a rich surface formed by two asymmetrically scaled canvases. This singularity, however, does not exist. It is a greater sum of parts. Washes of acrylic media combined with charcoal and earth based pigments stain and seemingly patina these canvases that provide a monolithic ground for compositional activity. Hand drawn charcoal lines span this ground, repeated to the verge of nullification. Through the shutters of these lines a simple but striking form emerges, divulging multi-faceted intricacies.
In Mirage, Blaise Rosenthal uses both the vocabulary and physicality of painting to create work of a rugged elegance. The works in this show make no attempt to foster certainty. Instead they press upon the boundaries of contemporary painting by exploring the potentials of form and frame, and invite viewers to enter a state of wonder.
Featuring: Blaise Rosenthal
Exhibition Dates: March 26 – June 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-8pm
2300 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612