29 Jan 2019

Domenica Brockman

Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace

Reviewed by Arthur Whitman

Painted on raw plywood panels, Domenica Brockman's recent abstractions combine a hard-edge geometry with areas of rich painterly facture. Employing encaustic as her signature material and using the bare wood as a neutral foil, she builds up, collage-like, complex figure/ground puzzles.

For her current exhibit at CAP, she has moved into multicolor, exchanging the thin acrylics she has used in the past to supplement her single- or two-tone wax for a broader palette supplemented with mica and metal leaf. Gridded configurations featuring deconstructed circles predominate.

A Little Moonlight (2018), a large four by four grid, is characteristically punchy and rhythmic, playing light against dark and shiny against matte. A metallic blue quarter circle provides extra swing with its arcing brushwork, offsetting the flatness of the other shapes.

Brockman's work here follows a trip to Iceland, where the artist was struck by the permeability of the earth. Volcanoes make a literal appearance as simplified silhouettes, gold "lava" accenting purples and black - nature embedded in geometry.

Exhibition Domenica Brockman
Start date 04 Jan 2019
End date 28 Jan 2019
Presenter Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace link
Venue 171 E. State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY, USA map
Image Domenica Brockman, Pinwheels, 2018, encaustic on multiple wood panels, 28 x 24, courtesy of the artist

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