“Twist” presents the work of four artists working in geometric abstraction. As the title suggests, particular attention is given to the ways these artists bend, swivel and cut loose from conventional boundaries. Interrogating modernist art history, the works in “Twist” probe the formal properties of line, volume, color, texture, pattern, language and shape in order to satisfy both intellectual curiosity and visual pleasure.
José León Cerrillo’s “Echoes” series consists of multicolored PVC wall reliefs. Symbols such as hands and letters create layers within the compositions that evoke signage or informational charts. In these works and his sculptural practice, Cerrillo uses repetition and reconfiguration to build context and meaning.
Reuven Israel’s slick but handmade sculptures have been coated in perfectly smooth layers of car paint. Out of the Blue consists of three components: a sky blue base, a thin copper rod and a pink conical finial. The minimalist shapes suggest scepters, antennae or an ornamental body with a head and torso.
Ruth Root’s large paintings combine custom-designed patterned fabrics and colored Plexiglas components. The irregularly shaped panels are hung flush against the wall like silhouettes. The use of a black and white palette, punctuated with chromatic pops of yellow, coral, and purple, suggests logos and decals.
Although Lisa Williamson’s “Body Board” series is fixed to the wall, these sculptural paintings extend into the gallery space. The paired down color palette and simple shapes open conversations about symmetry, doubling, and counting. Meanwhile, Williamson’s titles such as Clench and Nerves use language to make bodily provocations.
The works in “Twist” sit in a liminal space between the minimal and fantastic, the humorous and the serious. Despite their abundant references to the human form, architecture, machines, and landscapes, these subtly strange paintings and sculptures display a commitment to abstraction, ambivalence and ambiguity.