COLOR/form

Dennis Beach/Donald McLaughlin
Old College Gallery
September 9-December 11, 2015

Dennis Beach Wedge # 1, 2014, acrylic on plywood, 47 x 57 x 4 in. All works courtesy of the artist and the Schmidt Dean Gallery
Dennis Beach
Wedge # 1, 2014, acrylic on plywood, 47 x 57 x 4 in.
All works courtesy of the artist and the Schmidt Dean Gallery

COLOR/form brings together the work of painter Donald McLaughlin and painter/sculptor Dennis Beach to transform the stately space of Old College Gallery into a celebration of color, from the bright hues of Beach’s sculpted ribbons to McLaughlin’s reinvention
of Kirchner’s sophisticated Berlin streets; from the cacophony of a clown country, to the flickering movement of spinning color. Working mainly in plywood, Beach creates a module that is repeated to become a foundation for the interplay of the bright acrylic color. Like the colors themselves, the results are electric. McLaughlin opens new vistas by painting on linen, with lines curved and straight, with colors flat and modulated, with forms that might float free or collide.
In contrast to the polished color surfaces of Beach’s works (which belie the application of the paint by hand), McLaughlin leaves clues: drips of paint along the edge of a linen or the unfinished strokes of a foreground flag, bringing us back to the substance of his medium.

Clown Country Flag, oil on linen, 2011-2014, 72 x 56 in.
Donald McLaughlin. Clown Country Flag, oil on linen, 2011-2014, 72 x 56 in. All works courtesy of the artist & The Howard Scott Gallery

 

Dennis Beach (University of Delaware, MFA, 2005), is represented by the Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia. His past exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Schmidt Dean Gallery and most recently at Space Available in Brooklyn; his work is in several collections including Comcast, Dansko, and the Delaware Art Museum. Donald McLaughlin (University of Delaware, BFA, 1979) is represented by the Howard Scott Gallery, New York, where he shows regularly. His work is represented in several major collections, including the Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Pepsico, Chicago; and the Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ. We would like to thank the artists and their galleries for the loan of works in this exhibition.

PROGRAMMING
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Reception with the Artists and Dance Performance
Artists’ talks begin at 5 p.m., to be followed by a dance performance by a collaborative ensemble from the UD Dance Minor and Hope College Dance Department.
Check back for more information.
RSVP: universitymuseums@udel.edu and (302) 831-8037
Old College Gallery

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