Re-Op: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After
October 2 - December 12, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, October 2, 2015 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Re-Op

"Re-Op” explores contemporary approaches to understanding, re-examining, and pushing the boundaries of visual perception beyond those initially posed by Op Art in the early 1960s. New materials and supports utilized by contemporary artists range from aluminum, steel, reflective sign materials, and plastics to mosaics, collage, pattern, digital data, projections, the use of templates and stencils, as well as squeegeed and airbrushed paint.     

 

“Re-Op: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After” is the third installment of a critical series of presentations that has been reexamining the seminal exhibition organized by William C. Seitz in winter-spring 1965 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “Re-Op” presents contemporary artworks from many of the American artists who were included in the MoMA exhibition, including: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Francis Celentano, John Goodyear, Ed Mieczkowski, Oli Sihvonen, Julian Stanczak and Tadasky. The artworks presented here were produced well after the Op Art craze and later in the careers of these artists, between 1983 and 2014. More importantly, these works demonstrate how these visionary artists maintained the rigor and discipline they brought to understanding visual perception by creating the illusion of three-dimensional space and motion using mostly line and color.

 

Presented alongside the original participants of “The Responsive Eye” are a large number of contemporary artists not included in that seminal exhibition, but inspired by it and its alumni mentioned above. Several were peers of the original participants; others were on the cusp but still finding their way. Even more interesting is the large number of young artists included in “Re-Op” who continue to comprehend and push the boundaries of visual perception with their use of new materials, processes, and supports. These range from aluminum, steel, reflective sign materials, and plastics to mosaics, collage, pattern, digital data, projections, the use of templates and stencils, as well as squeegeed and airbrushed paint. Some of the artworks are imbued with conceptual content that delivers not only an aesthetic punch, but also social and cultural messages, pushing the application of line and color to its limits. Participants from across the country include Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Francis Celentano, Peter Demos, Fred Eversley, Gabriele Evertz, Beverly Fishman, John Goodyear, Christian Haub, Matthew Kluber, Tom Martinelli, Ed Mieczkowski, Ruth Pastine, Paul Reed, Richard Roth, Oli Sihvonen, Jack Slentz, Julian Stanczak, Robert Swain, Tadasky, Leo Valledor, Stephen Westfall, Sanford Wurmfeld, Mario Yrisarry and Eric Zammitt.

 

Since its inception, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions featuring Post-War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies, including Color Field, geometric and hard-edge abstraction, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism, and Conceptualism in a variety of media. While the gallery has been recognized as a proponent of important historical abstraction from the 1960s through the 80s, as a contemporary art gallery it also exhibits younger generations of abstractionists who explore alternative media and supports and push the boundaries of expression. In keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and emerging artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art.

Untitled (Red and Yellow Temple) Richard Anuszkiewicz
Untitled (Red and Yellow Temple)
Acrylic on canvas
1983
60 x 48 x 2 inches
 
_15 Karl Benjamin
#15
Oil on canvas
1984
60 x 60 inches
 
Diamond Wave in Blue and Red Francis Celentano
Diamond Wave in Blue and Red
Acrylic on canvas
2010
50.5 x 50.5 inches
 
Oval Counter Rotation Francis Celentano
Oval Counter Rotation
Acrylic on plastic
2009
41.25 x 51.5 inches
 
Untitled 9 Peter Demos
Untitled 9
Acrylic on canvas
2010
53 x 45 inches
 
Peter Demos Untitled 25 Acrylic on polyester 2011 53 x 45 at David Richard Gallery Peter Demos
Untitled 25
Acrylic on polyester
2011
53 x 45 inches
 
Red Visa Versa Fred Eversley
Red Visa Versa
Cast and polished polyester
1984
20 x 20 x 4 inches
 
Indigo Vision Fred Eversley
Indigo Vision
Cast and polished polyester
1976
20 x 20 x 4 inches
 
Gabriele Evertz Implied Spaces Acrylic on canvas over wood 2011 12 x 12 at David Richard Gallery Gabriele Evertz
Implied Spaces
Acrylic on canvas over wood
2011
12 x 12 inches
 
Solstice Gabriele Evertz
Solstice
Acrylic on canvas over wood
2006
18 x 18 inches
 
Conclusion John Goodyear
Conclusion
Acrylic on canvas with wooden dowels and monofilament
2014
24 x 26 x 1 inches
 
Christian Haub Float for Linda Salerno 2013 Cast acrylic sheet 36 x 36.25 x 3.5 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Christian Haub
Float for Linda Salerno
Cast acrylic sheet
2013
36 x 36.25 x 3.5 inches
 
Christian Haub Float for Althea Gibson 2014 Cast acrylic sheet 
24 x 26 x 2.5 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Christian Haub
Float for Althea Gibson
Cast acrylic sheet
2014
24 x 26 x 2.5 inches
 
Matthew Kluber No Place Like Utopia 2011 Alkyd on aluminum_ custom software_ computer_ digital projection Ed. 3 of 4 44 x 96  Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Matthew Kluber
No Place Like Utopia
Alkyd on aluminum, custom software, computer, digital projection
2011
44 x 96 inches
 
Construction _209 Leroy Lamis
Construction #209
Plexiglass
1972
12 x 12 x 12 inches
 
Tom Martinelli Untitled (_9626) Acrylic on canvas 1996 70 x 76 at David Richard Gallery Tom Martinelli
Untitled (#9626)
Acrylic on canvas
1996
70 x 76 inches
 
Leith Walk Red Ed Mieczkowski
Leith Walk Red
Mixed media
1984
17 x 14 inches
 
What_s New Pussycat Richard Roth
What's New Pussycat
Acrylic on birch plywood
2010
20 x 16 x 2.5 inches
 
Richard Roth B.W.O. Flashe on birch plywood 2012 12 x 8 x 4 at David Richard Gallery Richard Roth
B.W.O.
Flashe on birch plywood
2012
12 x 8 x 4 inches
 
Oli Sihvonen Untitled (019) Oil and acrylic on canvas 1988 68 x 72 at David Richard Gallery Oli Sihvonen
Untitled (019)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
1988
68 x 72 inches
 
Julian Stanczak
Trespass in the Light
Acrylic on canvas
2004
40 x 84 inches
 
Robert Swain Untitled_ 6x7-5A 15 B3-Five Acrylic on canvas 2001 72 x 84 at David Richard Gallery Robert Swain
Untitled, 6x7-5A 15 B3-Five
Acrylic on canvas
2001
72 x 84 inches
 
Tadasky N103 Acrylic on canvas 2011 30 x 30 at David Richard Gallery Tadasky
N103
Acrylic on canvas
2011
30 x 30 inches
 
Leo Valledor Zam Acrylic on canvas 1984 66 x 120 x 2 at David Richard Gallery Leo Valledor
Zam
Acrylic on canvas
1984
66 x 120 x 2 inches
 
Stephen Westfall Nature Boy Oil and alkyd on canvas 2012 60 x 80 at David Richard Gallery Stephen Westfall
Nature Boy
Oil and alkyd on canvas
2012
60 x 80 inches
 
Sanford Wurmfeld II-15_1B (V-Y) Acrylic on canvas 2001 42 x 24 at David Richard Gallery Sanford Wurmfeld
II-15#1B (V-Y)
Acrylic on canvas
2001
42 x 24 inches
 
Mario Yrisarry Septenary Yellow Acrylic on canvas 1974  66 x 66 at David Richard Gallery Mario Yrisarry
Septenary Yellow
Acrylic on canvas
1974
66 x 66 inches
 
Eric Zammitt Nocturne Supernatural Colored acrylic plastic glued together_ sanded and polished 2005 99.5 x 61.5 at David Richard Gallery Eric Zammitt
Nocturne Supernatural
Colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished
2005
99.5 x 61.5 inches