Continuum, New Paintings by Richard Bruland

Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Jun. 28, 2014, 05:00 am

2525 Michigan Ave. T3

Lora Schlesinger is pleased to announce Richard Bruland’s third solo-exhibition with the gallery. Continuum features new abstract paintings by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artists’ reception on Saturday, June 28 from 5 – 7 pm and is on view through August 2, 2014.

Richard Bruland’s panels of shifting colors create impressions of hazy atmospheric landscapes when viewed from afar. From a distance, content completely dissolves into form with faint horizons and tones reminiscent of Earth and Sky. At close range, they are surprisingly complex revealing strands of multicolored acrylic paint that form nebulous vein-like structures. Each painting is an accumulation of many layers of acrylic paint over a textured field, sanded down to produce continuous blends of color and texture. His newest paintings show an increasing interest in adding a more specific content to his continuing focus on the transition from light to dark, as well as a curiosity towards more perceptual issues.

Although his pieces are structurally abstract, Bruland refers to his paintings as landscapes bringing forth the elements of light, color and shadow. The transitions of light to dark, earth to sky and liquid to solid is central to his very personal exploration.

Richard Bruland studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of Arts. His work has been exhibited in California since 1988 and he is represented by galleries throughout the United States.

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