March 2 – April 14, 2018
A starting point for all of Laura Battle’s work is geometrical division of a rectangle. In paintings, drawings and prints, the Hudson Valley artist explores geometry’s potential to offer an optically charged mental space in which to explore universal visual language and its symbolic, existential meaning. Corners become outward forces, a vertical line a standing body, as she accumulates color, space, texture, line and shape to make art that feels familiar, deeply understood, and utterly primal.
Battle makes connections between things in the world, those buried deep in time, and those in her imagination. She calls her process “archaeological”: she moves between opposites as she paints, making small moves and large ones, filling empty spaces and then digging deeply into the surfaces, sanding, wiping, scraping to remove mistakes. Backtracking, she reveals the history of a painting, and the pentimento—or ghost of what was—may remain in the end.
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