I have chosen a radical new direction for my current work. My previously muscular, vigorously chromatic, and heavily layered paintings have evolved in the direction of the spare, the muted, and the geometric. Using unprimed canvas and linen into which the paint soaks, as well as floats above, I am taking a new measured and mathematical approach in which the neutral palette complements natural linen; the intentional shapes and less intentional color masses speak to decisively black lines. Juxtaposing the large with the small, line with color, square with circle, intuitive with cerebral, I strive to construct a new world of inventive and playful, but always purposeful, content.
Mink says this body of work is the culmination of her thinking about connections between painting and science.
“Ten years ago I founded an annual winter festival which features performers in both the arts and sciences, so thinking about creative synergies is often on my mind. Painting has always been a part of my life, but this past year I tried an experiment: framing my work with concepts in physics and math.
At first I veered strongly toward rather literal connections but I soon became uncomfortable with the self consciously didactic results. I ended up naming the works in “Event Horizons” more playfully, so the titles touch only lightly on the paintings.
With a nod to the Romantics and Abstract Expressionism, my work rests on the energy of the gesture, the visible trace of the process, and the coherence of carefully controlled elements, with textures and densities ranging from thickly layered to ephemeral.”
State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca. Hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. The gallery is ADA accessible and there is curbside parking available. Contact information for the gallery is 607-277-1626 and www.soag.org.