Jack Bush

Emmerich Gallery

Jack Bush’s show at the Emmerich Gallery features large-format rectangles which are divided into triangular wedges or diagonal, horizontal and vertical segments. These areas contain parallel bars in a variety of widths and colors. Although he uses a broad array of bright, intense chroma stained into the raw canvas, neutral olives, greys and browns are also favored. In Soft Left, Bush employs this mixed scheme, with the two side sectors striped in tertiary greens, ochres, rusts, and pink. Though these flanking areas are the stronger forms structurally, their tones fall away to reveal a center wedge of brilliant hot and cool colors—mango orange, magenta, red, chartreuse, and turquoise.

Often, one or two bars will catch the major accent, as in Blue Slant, Shower, or V-Cut-2, where the widest orange “zip” in the center triangle almost bounces out in front of the other hues. But usually, saturation

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