Red Swoop Above Silver Gray, 2014 acrylic on wood panel 30 x 40 in.
Gregory Lind Gallery is pleased to feature a new series of paintings by Barbara Takenaga. These paintings point to phenomena that are abstract and process-oriented, while still managing to summon a connection with objects and situations that are more literal and localized. In the past, Takenaga’s works tended to be systematic, tightly composed images that used mandala-like radial symmetry which suggested everything from biological processes to cosmic spectacles. Her most recent work is, in contrast, more asymmetrical and loosely constructed. In these pieces, random elements meander and collide in chance encounters, reflecting a trajectory that is individualized rather than predetermined. Variation, ambiguity, and dissonance work together to reveal the possibilities inherent in the basic building blocks of dots, lines, and vibrant color—while still revealing an engagement with undergirding repetitive processes.
Barbara Takenaga lives and works in New York City and Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is the Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Art at Williams College. Her work has been exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO; Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; and the National Academy Museum, New York. Her work was highlighted in the MIT Press publication Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s (2010). Takenaga has been featured in publications such as Art in America, Art News, The New York Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. This is the artist’s sixth solo show at Gregory Lind.