Patricia Chaplin, Raymond Gibbon, Gilbert Hsiao, and Don Bryant Rodrigues. Curated by Meridith McNeal and Danny Simmons.
Untitled, 2006, acrylic on rowlux, 26 x 90 inches
Top Spin, 2003, sprayed acrylic on wood panel, 42" x 42".
Presentational Painting is a term coined by Sanford Wurmfeld. In the catalog to an earlier exhibiton of Presentional Painting in 1993, he wrote:
"Presentational art...refers to art structured by a human being and presented as a statement, a visual fact, to be expereienced or received by an active viewer. By its sensory nature, such art is untranslatable and the ideas or feelings transmitted by it are tied to the particular object that expresses them."
Still earlier, in 1985 in an exhibition for a show entitled "Color Documents: A Presentational Theory" he wrote:
Presentational Painting is a strain of modern art that originated around 1920 when painting departed entirely from reproduction and thus representation of the object. It stands at opposite ends to abstraction and must be distinguished from it since abstraction denotes art that does not relinquish its relationship to the exterior. But it is important to note that abstraction paved the way for a greater consideration of the role of viewer participation. By definition Presentational Painting is concerned with the account of meaning that is inherent in the painting itself. It is an art that has persisted in the face of resistance and has held its own against many other styles. The specialized approach to concentrating on perceptual phenomena, clarity of its organizing principles and affinity to logic gives rise to pictorial effects that are surprising despite its grounding in calculability and foresight. The pictorial possibilities are still expanding. The striking spatial and kinetic aspects of color interactions are especially astounding to observe. It is this consistency of the search for innovation and diversity that gives the practice its vitality. But to ensure continuation it requires the rethinking and reworking of the critical criteria that informs our expectation for this mode of expression today. "
"...it is the manipulation by the artist of the physical variables--the paint quality, the flat surface, and the size and shape of the support--together with an understanding of the relation of these variables to predictable visual structures, that is fundamental to esthetic meaning in paintings, and the basis of presentational art."
For Hartmut Bohm see http://www.hartmut-boehm.de/
For Matthew Deleget see http://www.matthewdeleget.com/
For Rossana Martinez see http://www.rossanamartinez.com/
From essay accomopanying the show by Joao Ribas:
"The simplicity of minimalist art belies a radical agenda. Its stripped-down, reductive language-seemingly benign-in fact unsettled most of the conventions of modern art. "What you see is what you see," painter Frank Stella once famously said of the minimalist aesthetic, yet the laconic description underplays its vital role in contemporary art.
Initially focusing on sculptural form, minimalism proposed a literal, almost industrial definition of art. A minimalist artwork was first and foremost an object in three-dimensional space; a box, a shelf, an aluminum square. Such calculated neutrality antagonized the art preceding it and led to a rethinking of what could be conceived as a painting or a sculpture.
The ongoing impact of this questioning is clear in today's best reductive art. The minimalist ethos has become a way for painters to purge abstraction of metaphor or allusion and refocus it on formal elements; flatness, monochromatic color, serial form, and bare geometry - in short, qualities that stress immediate visual impact. Minimalism shows this tendency converging with a renewed interest in abstract painting, demonstrating how complex ideas can be enveloped in reductive forms. With an emphasis on structural clarity and the literal qualities of the medium, such work is often closer to a painted object rather than a traditional painting."
For Matthew Deleget, see http://www.matthewdeleget.com/
For Rossana Martinez, seehttp://www.rossanamartinez.com/