Constructivismes, Chapter 13


(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi) and (ix): Silkscreen ink and gesso on wood (vii) and (viii): Oil on wood (x): Wood (xi), (xii), (xiii) and (xiv): Felt

Variable dimensions

For two decades, R.H. Quaytman has structured her paintings into chapters, each associated with a solo show. Constructivismes, the thirteenth chapter of this narrative in painting, revolves around fourteen wooden panels with very different abstract motifs. In keeping with the experiments of Op Art, some of them feature thin stripes that disturb the viewer's vision. Others, however, enhance volumes in chiaroscuro or a flat surface.

Within each chapter, the works can be understood as autonomous and interdependent, dialoguing with undefined rules. These "images of thought", as the artist calls them, are like fragments of a larger whole, linked by formal, narrative, poetic and metaphorical relationships.

Constructivismes, Chapter 13 was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the "Luogo e Segni" ("Place and Signs") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice in 2019.