Equivalence: Red Green & Yellow Magenta 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’s paintings are built up with countless small brushstrokes and appear to pulse towards their edges with an inner luminosity. Pastine advances her minimalist work through rigorous formal systems that engage the admixture of opposing complementary hues in optically seamless gradients. 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

Bentley Gallery
215 E Grant Street
Phoenix, AZ 85044

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

Haines Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108


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

Luminesce Red Green at Nathan Larramendy Gallery:
September 4 to October 24, 2004

Numinous Duochrome at Bentley Gallery:
December 2 to 30, 2000

Yellow Magenta Paintings at Margaret Thatcher Projects:
September 7 to October 14, 2000

Red Green & Yellow Magenta Paintings at Haines Gallery:
July 20 to August 26, 2000


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