Koenig & Clinton
459 West 19th Street, New York
Anoka Faruqee: Rainbows and Bruises
Feb 23-Apr 08
By carefully calibrating the color relationship between paint layers Faruqee employs the principles of visual interference to slow down and allow for a chromatic complexity that signals light, atmosphere, and volume. Paintings of similar pattern vary widely. A painting with greater light/dark contrast will create the effect of a reflective topographic surface, whereas another painting with minimal contrast creates the atmospheric effect of diffuse white light passing through a lens or prism. The most atmospheric paintings in the exhibition emulate the qualities of rainbows as signs of femininity, alterity, optimism, and inclusiveness.