Patricia Treib, Accoutrements, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 50".

Patricia Treib


Patricia Treib, Accoutrements, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 50".

The open, airy abstractions in Patricia Treib’s recent exhibition at Wallspace—her first at this gallery—are marked by patches of color and a delicate, decorative line. Executed with a wide brush, the strokes are playful and improvisatory, appearing at times as patterned squiggles, zigzags, or loops, and sometimes resolutely defining a shape. Yet the abstractness of the compositions is undermined by vague intimations of representation—the suggestion of a head, or of a domestic interior. The peculiar indeterminacy of these images results from the fact that the works derive explicitly from an inquiry into sight.

Visual perception, as we know, is unstable: If you look at something long enough, its appearance begins to shift. Treib’s paintings register this time of looking, recording the effects of the instability and inconsistencies of vision as the eye is distracted

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