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Mark Masyga
"A History of the World in Six Easy Installments", Large Scale Abstract Painting

2018

$9,750

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This large scale oil painting by Mark Masyga employs a linear abstract composition, on a warm neutral melon orange ground. Masyga's masterful knowledge and background in color field painting shows a heightened sense and use of color in this painting. His sensitive use of a subdued orange ground is activated by yellow and blue violet transparent oil glazes, while his opaque line work brings a depth and drama to this stunning painting. At seven feet in length, this is an impressive statement piece by the New York painter, Mark Masyga. (signed on reverse) Mark Masyga received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in New York. The recipient of the Edward F. Albee award, Masyga has participated in residencies in Montauk, New York, Skowhegan, Maine, and was featured in the PS 1 Studio Visit Program. Mark Masyga has exhibited extensively in New York and Nationally. Mark Masyga employs drawing techniques of composed and gestural lines of color, which overlap and intersect to create compelling linear abstract compositions. The sometimes coiled, sometimes kinked contours have a structure to them, which is rendered through the artist's intuitive relationship to color and density. There is a controlled depth to the paintings’ visual surface, while the background creates an endless atmosphere in which the lines take on the feel of objects in space. Masyga's masterful knowledge and background in Color Field painting shows a heightened sense and use of color, which he relates to chance encounters on the canvas. These ‘encounters’ become edited and directed until a harmony and accord is achieved through a complex structure created through layering of lines and boundaries of color. This body of work reflects an ongoing exploration of how drawing and painting work together or act in opposition. The exhibition “Fluency and Clank” unites drawing and painting on one canvas, with each painting engaging in a lively discussion of line. Transparent squiggles created with seeming abandon are countered with determined woven paths of opaque color. The materiality of drawn line is magnified by the textile quality of the canvas, giving a luxurious feel to the concealed texture in the painted lines. A disrupted pattern emerges through seemingly random placements, which are choreographed to create a rhythm of overlapping lines. While leaving a place for chance, Masyga controls the random actions in his compositions, which allows for new discoveries. Masyga’s philosophy of painting is reflected in his title choices. While they seem arbitrary, such as “Alone in the Dim Baggage Room (shipment of newt fate)” they are inspired by his childhood pastime of changing TV channels randomly and recording the results, without editing. When the random phrases are joined, their original intended meaning dissipates, but recombine with a new significance.

Details

  • Creator
    Mark Masyga (1960, American)
  • Creation Year
    2018
  • Dimensions
    Height: 54 in. (137.16 cm)Width: 84 in. (213.36 cm)Depth: .75 in. (1.91 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU6929039482

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