Equivalence: Red Green & Yellow Magenta features Ruth Pastine’s nearly monochromatic paintings that engage the Suprematist square to explore color and light within saturated and subtle hues. Pastine advances her minimalist through rigorous formal systems composed with admixtures of opposing complementary hues. In optically seamless gradients, built up with countless small brushstrokes, the surfaces appear to pulse towards the edges of the canvas periphery 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 a sensual surface in contrast to an optically dematerialized occurrence, further questioning the perceptual experience and redefines the visual 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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