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 (43 days ago)
End date 28 Jan 2019 (19 days ago)
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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