Monday, March 23, 2015


 Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
Digital Native 1L (left) and Digital Native 6L, 2012
3D printed (plaster, ink, adhesive)
4.8 x 5.3 x 13 inches repost

Zhulong Gallery celebrates artists that are using new tools and media to make works of art and the show with Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Anne Katrine Senstad is no different. This unique Dallas gallery offers this month; color gradient visual stimula and some interesting ear candy. Simple and beautiful, I felt calmed and relaxed by the atmosphere the art pieces seem to create.

Anne Katrine Senstad blends a rich past of Modern art to bring color forward into twenty-first century sensibility. Her minimalism is not the religious/spiritual style of Mark Rothko, James Turrell, or even a Russian Suprematist like Kazimir Malevichven. I don’t really see the magical thinking of Yves Klein in Senstad’s art. For Senstad, color relates to the experience of science and psychology. These experiences are still transcendent, just not in the traditional understanding. To flesh this idea out, observe COLOUR KINESTESIA 5b39 and look at how the color transition of yellows just slightly runs throughout the piece. Senstad projects colors on architecture, she then photographs the light, and finally prints the image. The art piece has a crisp border and a sharp turn, which make the image quite graphic in nature. Her presentation of the print show a kind of no nonsense, strict observation of light. However, stand and stare, you will feel your mood slightly changing, because color affects our emotions. Let yourself spend some time on these works and the science/psychology melt away somewhat. Leaving your own experiences somehow, and heading away from the material and into the wonder that science has revealed to us. Maybe not as lofty and transcendent as the Modernists were portraying, but rather a more grounded, tangible experience.

To highlight the science/psychology Senstad explores, look and listen to the piece titled Sonoptic Parallels which plays with sounds while color bars slowly change. In this piece she is helping the viewer simulate the feeling someone with a type synesthesia might experience. People with synesthesia associate/experience colors with numbers or in this case sounds.

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez reaches far back into the tradition of pottery for his influence. His 3D printed objects resemble pottery, but his process in making the pots is far removed from the past. Pottery has several elements that are left to chance. The thickness and shape of each object a potter makes can vary, even if the potter is making the same bowl over and over again. The glazed color of the bowl is also affected by the firing, which adds a bit of randomness to the process. Plummer-Fernandez can control all aspects of the process and each object can come out perfectly like the previous object. His work process is likely a precursor for our future of creating home items. Plummer-Fernandez adds a video element which seems to acts as blueprints to the actual objects.

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Anne Katrine Senstad will be showing their colors till March 7th. Then on March 14th, Zhulong Gallery will have their next opening with Mark Tribe and a show titled New Landscapes. I am excited to see these imaginary, yet realistic looking photos of aerial views of the ground. for more images.

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