Richard Tuttle Locks Gallery Shape Paintings

Richard Tuttle
End of Drifts, (Drift VI), 1965
oil on panel
17 3/4 x 49 7/8 inches

James Harvard Locks Gallery Shape Paintings

James Havard
Untitled, 1971
acrylic spray paint on reverse plastic
57 5/8 x 57 5/8 inches

Ralph Humphrey Locks Gallery Untitled 1967

Ralph Humphrey
Untitled, 1967
day-glo on shaped canvas
52 x 52 inches

Joanna Pousette-Dart Locks Gallery

Joanna Pousette-Dart

3 Part Variation #4, 2012-13

acrylic on canvas on shaped wood panels

80 1/2 x 93 inches 

Shape Paintings Locks Gallery Joanna Pousette-Dart

Joanna Pousette-Dart
Banded Painting #4, 2015-16
acrylic on canvas on shaped wood panels
77 x 60 inches

Shape Paintings Locks Gallery Jennifer Bartlett

Jennifer Bartlett
Lozenge Trapezoid, 2001
oil on canvas
84 x 64 inches

David Row Locks Gallery Shape Paintings

David Row

Pooka, 2014

oil on canvas

84 x 148 inches 

Shape Paintings Locks Gallery David Row

David Row
Thingamajig, 2014
oil on canvas
84 1/2 x 137 inches

Elizabeth Murray Locks Gallery

Elizabeth Murray
Temptation, Fall 1992

oil on canvas

107 x 110 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present Shape Paintings, featuring Jennifer Bartlett, James Havard, Ralph Humphrey, Elizabeth Murray, Joanna Pousette-Dart, David Row, and Richard Tuttle. This exhibition brings together works that span the several decades of painting - challenging the traditional, rectilinear, sharp-cornered canvas to create a playful evolution of color and form. There will be a reception on Friday, April 7 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

In 1964, Lawrence Alloway organized the seminal exhibition – The Shaped Canvas at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Through their experimentation, the artists shown questioned the distinction between painting and sculpture – flatness and dimensionality. They created works that embodied the experience of the world in tandem with the viewer. It was a way to reconsider the relationship between wall and ground while honoring the nature of the continuous surface – a meditation on the act of painting. 

Each of the artists in Shape Paintings explores their own relationship to surface and object. Richard Tuttle and Ralph Humphrey emerged from the first generation of artists who questioned traditional rules of painting through a consideration of how one should experience form. Humphrey’s critique was based on the expressive potential of the shape, while Tuttle examines the formal elements in his experimentation and use of everyday materials. James Havard – a pioneer in abstract illusionism, demonstrates a unique visual plane, utilizing spray paint on an unconventional painting surface - plastic. Elizabeth Murray’s works are frenzied cartoon-like shapes while Joanna Pousette-Dart’s paintings contain subtle layers of line and color on floating curved wood panels that suggest forms in motion – “line moving through light” and what Dart calls a “visceral interchange with nature”. David Row constructs sharp angled irregular canvases that also appear to be moving fragments of a whole, while Jennifer Bartlett continues to follow her counting grid system in a cascade of colored dots across large geometric shapes. 


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