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Andrea Way

Brody's Gallery

This exhibition comprised eight relatively large abstract drawings by Andrea Way. Way, like Sol LeWitt, is interested in how systems can be used as tools to structure and generate works of art. Thus, what appears to be simply a web of arbitrary patterns is actually a meticulously rendered, complex maze of interlocking layers. The variously colored linear elements are keyed to numerical codes. In Tidepool, 1988, Way repeats a five-inch square along a grid; she places a circle containing an equilateral triangle into each square. The triangles, tilted in four different directions, form a repeating sequence echoing the four phases of the lunar cycle. The horizontal lines of the grid trigger ascending and descending arcs that form columns of wavy lines. The overall visual effect, with the work’s blue tonality and wavy lines, is of triangles quivering on ripples in a shallow pool. Through its

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