Placing Color: Paintings by Brett Baker, Kayla Mohammadi, and Carrie Patterson
Painting, the simple means of placing color on a flat surface, is extraordinary in its ability to transport us from the context of our daily existence to new places – complete, vibrant worlds within the boundaries of the rectangle. Beyond its traditional role as a place of illusion, the painted surface itself is a location, a destination defined by the artist’s actions upon it.
Placing Color is an exhibition that explores painting as both a place of action and a destination. The exhibition presents paintings by three artists: Brett Baker, Kayla Mohammadi, and Carrie Patterson. Seen together their intensely individual approaches create places that are both intimate and immense, unified by a sensitivity to the means of painting – touch and color.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with an essay by Vittorio Colaizzi. Professor Colaizzi will also give a gallery talk on the work of Robert Ryman in relation to contemporary abstract painting Thursday, May 14th at 5pm at The Paining Center.
Placing Color was previously on view at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at Bristol Community College, MA from September 4 – October 2, 2008, Boyden Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland from January 14 – February 28, 2009, and the Sherman Gallery at Boston University from March 17 – April 24, 2009. After The Painting Center the exhibition will continue on to the Watkins Art Gallery Winona State University, MN where it will be on view from August 24 – September 16, 2009