Harriet Korman: Jewel-Pure Color

Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2014, oil, gamsol and galkyd on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2014, oil, gamsol and galkyd on canvas, 36 x 48 inches (courtesy of the Artist and Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.)

Jill Nathanson reviews the recent exhibition Harriet Korman: Line or Edge, Line or Color at Lennon, Weinberg Inc., New York.

Nathanson writes: "The works avoid assuming any sort of posture — high-tech, ironic, romantic, or post-this or that — drawing upon honest studio experimentation. Colors, in their variety, combinations and sequences, reference lived experiences from garishness to mysticism, and it is this range that is key to their depth of feeling... Compositions are built on simple layouts — diamonds intersecting cruciform shapes — but it is the complicating of these geometries through color that make the paintings happen. Color skews the symmetry of the layouts and sparks a dynamic, optical experience that takes us to a more complex, active order."