• John Pittman

    Roy Boyd Gallery

    The best hard-edged geometric abstraction, especially at small scale, ends up negotiating an almost palpable tension between reduction and expansion. John Pittman narrows his playing field to a very few core elements—a monochromatic ground with a spare array of thinnish lines of a second color gridded across it. There is something nearly puritanical about this parsimony, a condensing so severe that it seems to test the limits of painting. And yet at the heart of Pittman's enterprise is his search for a degree of visual engagement that will reward closer inspection: Which monochromatic

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