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  Barbara Takenaga
 November 15 - December 21, 2007
 

Using a simple vocabulary of radial symmetry, dots, and lines, Barbara Takenaga makes dense, highly patterned abstract paintings that create a sense of being pulled toward a far-off center. Through her obsessive use of repeated orbs and circles, as well as metallic paints whose colors shift in the light, the paintings are imbued with a distinct sensation of optical buzz. Her compositions are simultaneously simple in their organization and replete with references to both earthly and celestial worlds: butterfly patterns, fractals, and microscopic cross-sections, as well as star cluster formations and interstellar dust clouds.
 
Takenaga's current works were influenced by a small Fra Angelico painting of an angel at the Metropolitan Museum. In her new Angel series, Takenaga has reversed the process of the paintings, by working from the corners to the center, as opposed to the center outward. This results in a more organic, less symmetrical image, as well as an implication of folded space as her forms move away toward the distance. In addition, the color palette has changed from deep reds and saturated aquas to an icier, arctic palette of crystalline blues, metallic golds and greens.
 
 
Arcadia, 2007
Acrylic on linen
70 x 60 inches

Drift, 2007
Acrylic on linen
stretched over board
70 x 60 inches

Blue/Silver Wheel, 2007
Acrylic on linen
54 x 45 inches
 
Milk and Honey, 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
42 X 36 inches

Blue Angel, 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
42 x 36 inches

Silverline (Green), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
24 x 20 inches
 
Silverline (Pink), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
24 X 20 inches

Angel (Arctic), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

Halo, 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches
 
Messenger (Riley), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

White Trail, 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches

Angel (Harmo), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches
 
Yellow Spiral (S), 2007
Acrylic on wood panel
12 X 10 inches
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