New York

Ray Ring

Ward-Nasse Gallery

John Dewey, in Art as Experience, contends that anyone can enjoy flowers, but in order to truly appreciate them one must first be committed to understanding something about their complex nature, and eventually one can go on to enjoy an “esthetic experience.” Similarly, when I first saw Ray Ring’s paintings I felt compelled to decipher what appeared to be an extremely logical design in order to more clearly “appreciate” what I saw.

Most of the paintings in the exhibition consisted of small panels in which an abstract proposition was stated and then methodically carried through all its possible variations. This proposition took the shape of various small colored circles—I prefer calling them “rings” because of the irresistible allusion to the artist’s name. In the earlier works these rings varied only coloristically from panel to panel, but in the more recent spiraled paintings they differ

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