For Immediate Release
December 2020


Deep Design

December 29, 2020 – January 30, 2021

A virtual Exhibit at and on Artsy

Deep Design is curated by Rita Baragona, Monica Bernier and Robert Braczyk.

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The twelve artists in this exhibition engage in a search for compositional structure generated by the problem of observing nature’s complexity and bringing order into their work. Like artists throughout history they use conceptual devices to communicate the structure they observed to their audience. Abstract or mathematical concepts such as Euclidian geometry, the golden section and or, more recently ideas like chaos theory and fractal order are a means to this end. As useful as such systems are however, rarely do these artists employ them without a significant measure of intuition. We all sense a force behind the workings of nature. How do they as artists use mathematical abstractions to get at what we all sense? By reaching far down into the process of understanding nature while making their art, each of the participants in this show believes that they can approach truth and therefore, beauty.

Martha Armstrong – There is the rectangle. There is proportion, diagonal, top, bottom, near and far. I am fascinated by how this relates to nature’s patterns and is endlessly repeated, almost exactly.

Rita Baragona – For me seeing fractals in nature, helps me paint change and complexity within organic
structures. I sense a beautiful rhythmic interconnection of natural, mathematical, and visual expressions.

Monica Bernier – I believe there is a basic logic underlying all forms in nature including that which we
sometimes characterize as chaos. I train myself to see this order and to communicate it through painting and drawing.

Robert Braczyk – Science and the scientific method have been so foundational in my education that it is
natural that they should be strong influences on my work.

Colleen Franca – As a perceptual painter I am drawn to patterns and the overall composition. My challenge is to see beyond the conspicuous in order to uncover the mystery of what I am painting.

Dorothy Frey – Formal concerns drive my painting, and I am obsessed with compositional organization and structure. I search for unexpected connections and coax them along as I build the painting.

John Goodrich – For me all visual experience is subjective, but we constantly imprint a practical design on our impressions simply to function in the environment. The artist’s task is to discard this practical design and seek a more elemental one.

Janet Gorzegno – Geometry is at the core of my gouache painting in which I fuse rarified arrangements of shape, color, underlying structures and overt patterning.

Adrianne Lobell – I go out to a nearby field and struggle with making sense of the chaos of nature. I translate the shapes and colors I see into formal design.

Nagib Nahas – I try to discover in the spatial arrangements that I transcribe certain basic principles of design. These principles are the dynamic core that activates a painting’s composition and determines its validity as a pictorial representation.

Iris Osterman – In composing a painting I look for shapes, patterns and rhythms that imply an internal
structure, an intuitive process I have learned from the likes of Cezanne, Matisse and many others.

Esmé Thompson – In Nature and in art simple patterns often organize complex structures. My paintings
emphasize dynamic connections that link seemingly disconnected worlds.