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Gary Hudson

Reese Palley Gallery

In his paintings at Reese Palley, Gary Hudson has tried to combine large-scale field painting with elements of design dependent upon the framework of his pictures. The backgrounds are built up thickly and texturally with scrapes and cracks through which one can see spots of preliminary colors. The backdrops generate particular atmospheres: blue suggests the ocean; gray, the air; and brown or dark red, the earth.

Over the fields, however, Hudson has superimposed floating rectangular shapes, placed most often around the edges of the paintings. The sizes, shapes, and colors of these forms seem arbitrary and additive with no apparent relation to each other or to the edge of the canvas. Flat and clearly delineated, they sit stubbornly on top of the background, reminiscent of van Doesburg or Bauhaus abstractions. Hudson seems to have been influenced by Hofmann in his rectangles and in the

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