Thursday, October 06, 2011

Ai-Wen Wu Kratz / Color Logic /October 8 to November 9. 2011 /Vienna, VA

Applegate Gallery

October 8 to November 9, 2011

Opening October 8, 6-8pm

Color Logic  / Ai-Wen Wu Kratz

Ai-Wen Wu Kratz’s paintings in the exhibition are titled, “Color Logic /RYB,” “Color Logic /RGB” and “Color Logic /CMYK” respectively.  They were among works that Kratz exhibited in March, 2010 at the Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA.

The paintings, done in acrylic on canvas, resulted from Kratz’s inquiry into the art of Photography. She was first intrigued by the heart of a digital camera, the CCD grids and the pattern of filters in Red, Green and Blue that enable the generation of a file with color information.

Her paintings in the current exhibition are explorations on the three distinctive color models. They are the artists color model RYB, the additive color model RGB, and the subtractive colormodel, CMYK.  Kratz found the anti-intuitive surprises were in the mixing of two or more colors in the additive color model, as well as in the subtractive color model.

To present the thought process of her query into the varied dimensions in color models, Kratz resorts to the use of pigments.  That is, the application and the theory of the artist model RYB.  To credit the RGB as a color light model, a 114-Barrier LED flood light is used to illuminate the painting, “Color Logic /RGB.”  For the additive color model RGB is not about pigments, but light.  The goal of the exploration is, Kratz says, not to paint images mindlessly, but to think seriously about what we do in our art making.  For art, duly is an intellectual field, as much as science and mathematics are.  This remains a constant quest in all major art exhibitions.

101 Church Street NW, Suite C
Vienna, VA 22180

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