Equivalence: Blue Orange Series features Ruth Pastine’s nearly monochromatic paintings that engage the iconic structure of the square canvas format. Pastine’s minimalist works address phenomena of color perception and color relativity— the perception of influence between adjacent colors, and emphasize the event of the viewer’s encounter with the painting. Pastine advances her minimalist work through rigorous formal systems that are often composed with admixtures of opposing complementary hues in optically seamless gradients. The paintings are built up with countless small brushstrokes taking months to complete, and appear to pulse towards their edges with an inner luminosity. Challenging our preconceptions, Pastine investigates the immateriality of matter, the subtle character and nuance of color, and the ethereality of light. Pastine reveals an optically dematerialized surface, further questioning the visual experience and redefines the perceptual field.


MOAH – Museum of Art & History
665 W. Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534

Margaret Thatcher Projects
539 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Bentley Gallery
215 E Grant Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044


Ruth Pastine Attraction: 1993-2013 at MOAH – Museum of Art & History:
January 18 to March 16, 2014

Good Clean Fun at The Brewery Project, Los Angeles:
October 29 – December 3, 2005

Pool Party at Nathan Larramendy Gallery:
July 30 to August 28, 2005

Summer Sensation at Margaret Thatcher Projects:
July 7 – August 5, 2005

Installations at Bentley Gallery:
April 2 to May 28, 2005


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