PRINT January 1965

Thing, Act, Place

RON DAVIS’S PAINTINGS are diagrams of form. In one case he began with a flat hexagonal shaped canvas; lines proceeding from three of the six corners meeting in the center, define an isometric pro­jection of a cube; within the cube, but indicated by the planes of color meeting at a straight edge rather than by lines, and which proceed from the other three corners, is an oblique triangle; where the edges of the triangle intersect the lines of the cube, another form, a pyramid, finds its points of origin. From this ordered process of finding forms within forms the artist arrives at an object with volume, or a “thing,” a formulation with the regularity of a faceted gem. But not a picture of a thing in an environment—the thing itself from the very edges of the canvas. The colors of the facets defy any attempt to localize a source of light. As with a cut gem, the light is made to appear to be

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