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Laura Watt
February 21 - March 23, 2014


 
In this exhibition, her third solo with the gallery, Watt’s engagement with pattern, overlapping forms and vivid color moves into a more personal and emotional realm. In a series of large square paintings, the artist retains the characteristic cruciform structure found in earlier works. Previously, that form was overlaid with a mandala structure, imparting a meditative quality to the paintings. In the new work, she has instead incorporated a star grid, originating from the center of the composition and radiating outward to convey energetic movement and give a Pop playfulness to the work.
 
Watt was inspired by comic book imagery, particularly superhero insignia, 1960s rock posters, and the work of Japanese artist Tadanoori Yokoo. Additionally, Watt cites a college visit to Robert Indiana’s studio on Vinalhaven Island, where his paintings hung amongst armor and antique furniture in a former Odd Fellows hall. She notes that she sees these paintings as “something like flags or shields for ‘states of mind’ —propositions of personal mythologies. In all of this there is a bit of the comic, the overly dramatic — a bit of flag waving.” One new painting in this group has an opposite cast, however. With a large central doily shape floating on a black field, and with corner patterns representing the four seasons and the passage of time, Watt relates this image to a Victorian memento mori.
 
The exhibition includes a series of small-scale linear paintings of overlapping vector lines. Lacking a distinct horizon, the allusive lines aggregate into loose masses, possibly referring to radar screens or search lights. As Watt notes, the lines “radiate out from a hallmarked source, meant to bring attention to it, but really just showing the dark spaces between.” There are also small square and tondo paintings in the exhibition. Here, the artist has embraced the challenge of reduced scale to simplify the composition and focus on distinctive patterns and repeated imagery to kaleidoscopic effect.
 
 
  Laura Watt, Passage
Passage, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
Laura Watt, Momentary Equilibrium
Momentary Equilibrium, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
 
Laura Watt, Intention Fulfillment
Intention Fulfillment, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
  Laura Watt, Vector Finding
Vector Finding, 2014
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches
Laura Watt, Crux Crucis Hermetica
Crux Crucis Hermetica, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
Laura Watt, Oriented Vision
Oriented Vision, 2014
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches
  Laura Watt, Crossing
Crossing, 2014
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches
Laura Watt, Cross Thoughts #1
Cross Thoughts #1, 2014
Oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches
Laura Watt, Cross Thoughts #2
Cross Thoughts #2, 2014
Oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches
  Laura Watt, Vam Redone
Vam Redone, 2013
Oil on canvas
20 inches diameter
Laura Watt, Small Slice
Small Slice, 2013
Oil on canvas
20 inches diameter
Laura Watt, Disc One
Disc One, 2013
Oil on canvas
20 inches diameter
  Laura Watt, Cross Study
Cross Study, 2013
Gouache on paper
22 x 22 inches
Laura Watt, Cross Study #2
Cross Study #2, 2013
Gouache on paper
22 x 22 inches
  Laura Watt, 2014 installation 1
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 2
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 3
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  Laura Watt, 2014 installation 4
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 5
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 6
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  Laura Watt, 2014 installation 7
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 8
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Laura Watt, 2014 installation 9
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  Laura Watt, 2014 installation 10
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