ARTnews Reviews Margaret Garrett: Tuning Fields

"Margaret Garrett’s richly colored abstract paintings brim with small lines that appear to flutter like birds’ wings. A dancer before she turned to art, Garrett paints with a grace that captures the elusive, fleeting qualities of movement, with delicate brushstrokes against deeply textured backgrounds. Each of the 18 works in this show, called “Tuning Fields,” established rhythmic worlds of color and line that conveyed a range of emotions.

"In the large, glorious Tuning Fields 172 (2010), delicate forms resembling tiny blue birds seem to flock together against a rich, rosy, and uneven background whose surface is dotted with shadows that provide depth. Furthermore, rather than being birds, the shapes are simply masses of small, curving linges that give a general sense of nature in motion. In many of Garrett’s works, such as misty Tuning Fields 290 (2012), we feel as if we can see beneath the filmy pale-gray surface punctuated by thin, amber and pale-orange marks. A lyrical, calligraphic quality defined everything in this show, with the patterns of the mark-making defining the artist’s personal poetic language."

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Thursday, March 27, 2014