WILLIAM METCALF: TRANSPARENCY at Charlotte Jackson
Approaching from an extreme angle, near to the wall of the gallery, it can look as if there is almost nothing there at all. The thin, shaped Alupanel pieces are only 3mm thick – near to seamlessly merging with the walls. Walk round and face them front on, however, and a world of color, shape, and depth unfold before you: impossible, tantalizing, enthralling. Building on his Mindspace series, Metcalf brings a body of new work to Transparency using a similar format while teasing out a new dimension for exploration. In both series, Metcalf uses the thin Alupanel (aluminum sheets sandwiching a plastic core), painted with acrylics, cut into geometric shapes. Mindscape played with the creation of depth on a two-dimensional surface, using color value. A cut-out panel of connected parallelograms could suddenly take on the effect of an Escheresque set of stairs, with the viewer falling into the space created only by changes in color. The effect, of course, shimmering and shifting, because it resided only in the viewer’s mind.
Exhibit runs October 4 – November 2, 2019
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