Opening Reception: Saturday, February 29 from 5pm to 7pm
We have followed W.C. Richardson’s work for most of the 40 years of his career. His achievements as an artist and art educator are outstanding. It is with particular pride and pleasure that Addison/Ripley announces this exhibition of new paintings by the artist, his first solo exhibition, with the gallery.
While this group of works, “Blind Spot”, involves familiar visual explorations, the finished forms are unpredictable, eye catching and distinctly diagrammatic, in the manner of sand Mandalas or dance notations. These paintings are, at first glance, more minimal than some earlier Richardson works. However, gradually, the complexity of underlying rules and configurations pervades the viewer’s vision, activating the blind spot that all humans share and adding a profound clarity. As Richardson notes, “Although I begin with skeletal plans and procedural rules, it is the layering of paint and color that carries each work to a complexity that is discovered rather than designed.”
In each of the sixteen painting in this show, painted over the last three years for the most part, with titles like “Hold Tight To Splinters”, “Expanded Chord (for Steve Reich)” and “Gong”, there is a (back)ground that strongly propels and supports the foreground arrangements, activating them the way an overture sets the stage for an aria or symphony. In fact, these painting have a decidedly “music of the cosmos” feeling reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series or George Crumb’s “Makrokosmos”. Some of the awe and majesty of an infinitely complex universe is present in these paintings. All of the paintings demonstrate the artist’s ability to express his deep interest in the union of intuition and the hard sciences. All will inspire a second glance.
W.C. Richardson received his MFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, and his BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland,College Park. Richardson has had twenty-one solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in Washington, DC, NewYork, Baltimore, St. Louis, Richmond, Atlanta, and Chapel Hill, NC. His work has been included in over 100 group exhibitions and his work is held in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the American University Art Museum in Washington, DC, the Ackland Art Center in Chapel Hill, NC, and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers. Reviews of his work have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers. He has been a visiting artist or critic at over twenty institutions.
For more information about the artist and his work, for additional images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.
The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue.