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Gudrun Mertes-Frady

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As a timeless organizing principle, geometry is the underlying matrix or architecture of all my work. I am drawn to its symmetry and quasi-symmetry and the limitless potential to create my own world.

My work is about clarity and structure, pared down to essential forms. In my recent paintings, I use metallic pigments, like aluminum and graphite. I also use mica particles mixed with my colors to affect a kinetic quality of illusory motion depending from which angle the work is seen.

Some of the mica particles are coated with highly refractive titanium oxide, producing a dual effect when viewed from different sides. Combination with other colors results in the interference of light waves.

I?m very interested to explore physical fact and psychic affect of color and form with this process. I work toward the instant the painting has its own center, its own logic, physically and intellectually. Most of all I want my work to be about deceleration, in the spirit of the works by Olafur Eliasson and the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, as a counter point to the ever accelerating whirl of our time, in which our lives seem trapped.

There is one more thing of importance to me: I?m going blatantly for a sense of beauty.

Gudrun Mertes-Frady
New York - 2011

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