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Abstract painting by Caitlin Lonegan

Caitlin Lonegan

Untitled (Rainbow Painting, 2018-2021, 2019.01), 2019

Oil, metallic oil, iridescent oil on canvas

86 x 74 inches (218.4 x 188 cm)

© Caitlin Lonegan Photo by Robert Wedemeyer

“Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words. (…)  Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than any words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it.” Virginia Woolf

INTRODUCTION. Caitlin Lonegan’s paintings riff on Abstract Expressionist marks and gestures. She orchestrates these riffs into atmospheric epic poems that suggest cosmological themes. The work bristles with ambiguous figure/ground relationships. These relationships reference simultaneous points of view. Hence, the show’s title. Even if you didn’t know that she works on the floor, on the wall, you’d apprehend it through the indeterminate shapes and figures that hover about this inchoate space. There’s no one way in to this work. There’s no one way out, either. Sometimes we’re at ground level, looking out. At other times we look down, as if from a bluff. It’s like beachcombing with a drone.

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