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Charles Ross

John Weber Gallery

Applying the same criteria to Charles Ross’ work as to abstract painting—that the importance of the work of art depends as much on the importance of the ideas as on how well the artist has handled them—I would have to rate Ross’ work highly. Light and time—in a universal sense—are Ross’ themes. Light is not only the source of energy, it’s pure energy, and considering that life wouldn’t exist without it, one certainly can’t accuse Ross of being trivial.

In this show, The Colors in Light, The Colors in Shadow, Ross exhibited six eight-foot-tall prisms, each a few feet from a painted column of similar size and shape—one red, one orange, one yellow, two white and one black. Looking through the prisms, one could see how they diffracted light bouncing off the painted columns into the colored bands of the spectrum. The spectrums varied in size and composition from one colored column to another as

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