roses are red

If you’re planning on heading downtown this weekend for the Chili Festival, make sure to pop into the CAP Artspace to check out Josh Sperling’s new show.

Sperling was recently selected as one of this year’s NYFA Mark artists representing Ithaca, and I am sure he is destined for a long and productive career.  I have been following his work since he first moved to Ithaca after finishing art school about four years ago, and I wrote about a show he had at Gimme! Coffee last March in The Ithaca Times, where I suggested that his work alludes to a kind of NeoModernism, drawing from the philosophical position in which art is considered to be an expression of the most sublime spiritual principles and interpretations of the universe and human existence, where reality is but a mirror of a deeper one that can only be reached through inspiration and imagination.

In his latest show, he presents three new paintings: Roses are red, Violets are blue, and Goldenrod is goldenrod. In these new pictures, he  continues to channel 1960s Minimalism and the possibilities offered through geometric abstraction, featuring brightly-colored geometric forms that have been enhanced through digital technology.

I have to say, each time I see this artist’s work, I find myself  imagining how it would look stenciled onto the side of an abandoned building, or placed outside in the landscape, like the kind of work highlighted in this article in January’s ARTnews.  Especially the big op-arty, shape canvases, like this one:

Anyway, if you’re not busy this Monday, Sperling will be giving an artist’s talk at 6:30pm at CAP Artspace, 171 The Commons. The show will be up until March, so there’s still plenty of time to check it out.

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Located in Ithaca, NY, Project Space 923 is an alternative exhibition space committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. Our goal is to offer a platform for innovative and audience-engaging forms of practice in a community with few such venues, as well as to involve the contemporary art dialogue on a regional, national and global level. View all posts by station923

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