KCRW: Harvey Quaytman

December 3, 2019

Lindsay Preston Zappas

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At Blum & Poe in Culver City, curved canvases fill the main gallery, each one lyrically balancing on a unique base. Harvey Quaytman (1937-2002) engineered these unconventional canvases (known as “rocker” paintings), steam bending the wooden frames to give each piece an inherent sense of movement. This movement is furthered by the paint that adheres to each canvas — it too feels bulbous and alive. For Quaytman, paint became a sculptural medium. He was always in search of new techniques and materials to apply paint to surface — sometimes dusting pure pigment, marble dust, or metal shavings onto thick plastic-based grounds. As the exhibition progresses through 30 years of the artist’s work, we see Quaytman becoming more minimal, embracing flat geometrics while still maintaining an investment to experimentation and vibrant color application. 

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