PRINT January 1980

David Reed’s Paintings

DAVID REED’S RECENT WORK separates and juxtaposes selected elements of painting on two paneled works. One panel flourishes one or more brush strokes, black into wet white or white into black; the other panel supports a single intense color laid on by knife. Brushstroke as drawing is segregated from color as field, and each element blossoms into a parameter of specific uses.

The drawn, linear stroke describes motion and, freed from the determinants of color, continues beyond the confines of the canvas. The stroke gestures to the viewer for response, while the colored panel hits us all at once. The gestural aspect implies an action of the stroke, while the observer scans that stroke in much the same way that he reads this sentence. Reed, aware of this, alternately allows the eye to wander habitually from left to right or impels it contrarily.

The colors, freed from the prescription of drawing

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