May 11 through June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday May 11, from 5-8 pm
208 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10am -4pm or by appointment
Exhibit/208 is pleased to announce Approximate Affinities, an exhibition of new paintings by Jill Christian. This exhibition features work on paper that the artist began during a stay at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.
Christian is known for her paintings of gridded fields made of repetitively applied brushstrokes of shifting colors. In Approximate Affinities, Christian has opened up the grid and loosened her compositions. The works on paper are quickly made, with brushstrokes forming ambiguous shapes that interact in fields of chromatic grays and the occasional color. The paintings rely on numerous sketches that serve as practice moves for the final work.
As in her earlier work, Christian continues to be concerned with process, repetition, color, and the creation of rhythmic patterns. Here, irregular, painterly ovals and lozenges suggest stones or organic shapes and move in and out of proximity and grid-like order. The work presents variations on a repeated motif that explore how shifts in order, size, placement, and color evoke senses of speed, tension, rest, and relationship between the figures and the fields on which they float.