Matter of Light features Ruth Pastine’s ongoing investigation into furthering the limits of perceptual experience through the relativity of color within the Suprematist square. Defined by seamless soft edge bands of high-key color gradations, Matter of Light explores the interplay of emergent light and spatial flux within the parameters of the painting’s geometry.

The relationships of color create a phenomenological occurrence for the viewer that dematerializes the object into an optical and sensual experience. The experience is heightened by Pastine’s use of custom engineered beveled stretchers, which gives the sensation that the paintings float in front of the wall.

Ruth Pastine’s minimalist works address phenomena of color perception and color relativity, and emphasize the viewer’s encounter with the paintings. Pastine’s paintings pulse with an emotional resonance and paradoxically draw from structural underpinnings. The seemingly contradictory dialogue between the visceral and methodological, sensual and ethereal, materiality of surface and immateriality of light, and the finite and the infinite, are fundamental principles present in Pastine’s work over the course of her artistic trajectory.

Pastine continues to evolve pure abstraction and follow the concept of Minimalist theory. Through her work, color and light are reduced to their most elemental form; working with oil on canvas thousands of small brush strokes resolve, and appear visually seamless, producing an image that is both objective and dematerialized. Challenging our preconceptions, Pastine explores the subtle character and nuance of color. Pastine’s manipulation of color, light, and matter questions the perceptual experience and redefines the visual field.


Gallery Sonja Roesch
2309 Caroline Street
Houston TX 77004

Ace Gallery Los Angeles
5514 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90036

David Klein Gallery
1520 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226

David Richard Gallery
1570 Pacheco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Mirroring at Gallery Sonja Roesch:
September 9 to October 28, 2017

Matter of Light at Ace Gallery Los Angeles:
May 4 to July 29, 2017

On the Road: American Abstraction at David Klein Gallery:
March 18 to April 22, 2017

Matter of Light at David Richard Gallery:
November 8 to December 31, 2016


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