Triads/Quadrads, Jack Youngerman’s first exhibit of new works in over five years, features his current, large scale, paintings in oil on wood. These works involve sectioning, visual reversals and recurrence with intense color contrasts. The complex and unexpected shapes in these compositions are bound to their free form wood supports via rotational symmetry.
Writing about Youngerman’s paintings in 2003, Dore Ashton remarked: “Beneath the artist’s incisive hand a host of subtleties appear, such as the barely visible crossing of grains in his trim wood shapes, or the sliding almost, imperceptibly, of one plane beneath another in his laminated interior forms. But surely what is most memorable is Youngerman’s insistence that color speaks.”
Triads/Quadrads will be Youngerman’s 11th exhibition at the Washburn Gallery. His previous show in 2006 celebrated Youngerman’s 80th birthday with an exhibition of some 169 small works on paper executed over his entire career. The large-scale works in the forthcoming exhibition had their beginnings in several of these small gouaches. Youngerman showed wood relief paintings in 2001 and a second exhibition was held at the gallery in 2003.
A brochure will be published including color reproductions and a letter from the artist discussing his new paintings, Triads/Quadrads, in Youngerman’s forthcoming exhibition.