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  Barbara Takenaga
September 5 - October 4, 2003
 

In this exhibition, Takenaga expands the visual vocabulary first used in her Night Paintings, which conveyed the wonder and awe experienced during recurring childhood dreams in which star clusters exploded and imploded. Like those earlier works, the current paintings are dense abstractions composed of discrete elements that radiate or spiral energetically from a central vanishing point. The ebullient expansion or contraction created by the many small dots, lines, orbs, and spiral molecules dancing across the surface is heightened by Takenaga’s dynamic palette. Bright, contrasting colors placed over deep, muted backgrounds produce hypnotic optical effects that bring to mind, yet move beyond, op art and 1960’s psychedelia. In Takenaga’s paintings, optical punch never overshadows the profusion suggested by her sense of cosmic grandeur and the generosity of her mark making.
 
 
Cepheid, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
42 X 36 inches

Red Wheel (Robusto), 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
42 X 36 inches

Blue Tremor, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
42 X 36 inches
 
Night Painting (Red), 2002
Acrylic and gouache on wood panel
42 X 36 inches

Night Vision 4, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
42 X 36 inches

(Blue) Flash, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches
 
Cascade, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches

Red Wheel, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches

Night Vision 2, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches
 
Wave, 2002
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches

August, 2002-3
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 24 inches

Rave, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 24 inches
 
Night Vision I, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

Twin (Red), 2002
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

Twin (Blue), 2002
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches
 
Turquoise, 2003
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

Night Painting (Wavy), 2003
Acrylic and gouache on wood panel
12 X 10 inches
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