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Bruce Pollock: Circling West

Project Room 2 Sep 13–Dec 13, 2008

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Bruce Pollock, Yellow Square, 2008

Bruce Pollock: Circling West is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and his West Coast debut. Pollock presents a series of seven 24” × 24” abstract oil paintings that are monochromatic explorations of a single subject matter. He has also created an expansive, site-specific wall drawing that offers a linear interpretation of the geometric scheme used in the paintings. Both the panoramic and the more compact works reveal the artist’s fascination with mathematical systems and the recurring patterns and forms found in the natural world.

Pollock animates the Project Room 2 space with fractal imagery, geometric structures, and circles, all in shifting levels of scale and density. The paintings are packed with ornate webs, honeycombs, and spirals, mimicking the logic of such organic forms as corals, mollusks, and plants. Each painting focuses on a limited color range; together the seven paintings comprise the spectrum of visible hues. The contrasting light and dark, warm and cool, and bright and dull color tones of these intense microcosms create the illusion of luminosity and deep space. The paint is applied in repeating fractal circles, producing shifting scales and intricate patterns that seem to change depending on the viewer’s perspective. The wall drawing exudes a more free-flowing, outwardly directed energy. Its repeated system of patterns tumbles seemingly unimpeded towards all corners of the room, voraciously engulfing whatever surface it comes in contact with.