PRINT December 1966

Michael Egan’s Modular Paintings

FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, J. Michael Egan has worked toward the point where he can concentrate upon two major formal issues: object painting and structure. Both problems pervade the series of ten works completed in 1965–66 which currently make up his first one-man show on the West Coast, at the Mills College Art Gallery.

Of the ten paintings, Sistine Super Starr and the six canvases composed of triangular units pointedly raise the question of the painting-as-object. In these, the object quality is achieved in the conception of each total configuration and by the use of modular units. In Sistine Super Starr, four identical elements are combined. Each displays three color bands, and they are joined so that a vacant square of raw canvas is left in the center of the composition. Since the bands wrap around the framing edge, they extend neither into lateral space, nor into the space against

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