New York

Pat Adams

Zabriskie Gallery

An ongoing issue in the tradition of abstraction is the amalgamation of the geometrical and the spontaneous, the axiomatic and the organic, in an “image” that makes fresh emotional, as well as intricate visual, sense. The point is not to outflank predictability, but to generate a sense of intensity that resonates with “meaningfulness.” To create an abstract art that offers too particular a reading sells its evocative possibilities short, while to create an abstract art that seems all too generally “profound” is to make it almost altogether meaningless. The most intriguing abstraction hovers indecisively between the militantly literal and the emotionally esoteric—between extrinsic physicality and intrinsic expressive value. It invites us to participate in the mood created by the interplay of its forms, with no certainty about what such participation can do for us. Nonetheless, we become

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