Conduit Gallery presents Ludwig Schwarz: "Moving Pictures" opening reception
Though not didactic, Ludwig Schwarz's paintings compel the viewer to consider not only the composition on the picture plane, but what exists outside the boundaries of the canvas. His paintings defy expectations by interrupting serene color fields with rhythmic patterns ensconced along the edges of the image. Likewise, Schwarz's situationally narrative installations operate by asking the viewer to consider not only the painting they are looking at, but where that painting is located, what else is there and what is not there. To that end, "Moving Pictures" may be the most straightforward of Ludwig Schwarz exhibitions, but it's not.
The exhibition includes a series of small scale oil paintings on canvas, a welcome and identifiably Schwarzian comment on the outer possibilities of painting, as well as an eight canvas polyptych titled Moving Pictures. Each painting measures 76 inches by 40 inches and as Schwarz notes, is "scaled to the American flag." The idea for the monumental work found Schwarz when, as he notes, he was "testing red, white and blue spray enamels" on 8 x 10 inch canvases.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through April 2.