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Robert Mangold

Fischbach Gallery

Moving away from the subtle color modulated bending surfaces of his earlier chasuble shaped panels, at the Fischbach Gallery Robert Mangold showed a series of scored masonite works in flat colors which shift his concerns towards a more puritan and literal approach to the shaping of his paintings. Mangold now prefers to create the sense of a flat surface being spatially warped by means of carefully worked out diagonal and vertical incisions which form subdivided triangle and parallelogram shapes within the ochre, khaki green or greyed-blue fields. Vectors, X’s, and pie-slice areas section these asymmetrically contoured panels whose uncompromisingly bland coloration does nothing to enhance the activating role which the linear dividing elements aim to establish.

A wall covered with small models for the larger current works revealed Mangold’s systematic exploration of half circle curving areas

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