Joan Thorne: An Odyssey of Color

Vittorio Colaizzi reviews Joan Thorne, An Odyssey of Color at David Richard Gallery, New York.

In Orango, a row of concentric green arcs – complicated by her signature trembling – frames a riotous zone of magenta, cobalt, and powdery violet. Only after some deciphering does the sequence and nature of layers become apparent, as the literal and the illusionistic interpenetrate. In this painting and others, the brushstroke, inherently metaphorical and culturally loaded, operates in the tactile space of the painting’s construction.