Who’s afraid of red, yellow, and blue? Not Marti Cormand, whose multipanel drawing Red, Yellow, and Blue, 2007, opened the Brooklyn-based painter’s recent Emerging Artist Award exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Zooming in on a snowy landscape, the sequence of five precisely rendered images details an unexpected component. As the viewpoint of the pencil and watercolor renderings approaches the edge of an Arctic ice shelf, the stark grays of the environment are interrupted by an incongruous tangle of primary color. At the point where ice meets water and we observe the plateau in cross section, what appears to be an internal matrix of rods or bars is revealed.
Suggestive of the metallic superstructure running through reinforced concrete, the addition is startling in its patent artificiality. Cormand’s conceit immediately alters our perception of the image as a whole by at
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