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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Up Close - Tricia Rubolz
Tricia Rumbolz - 947 Colors on Black (left), 947 Colors on White (right) - Collaged Paper on Panel - 48 x 48 inches each
Among the work Tricia Rumbolz has on the walls of Las Manos Gallery this month are these two piece made out of multicolored paper mounted on panel, each 48 x 48 inches. This work is about many things, but many viewers first react to the vibrancy of the color, and then to the meticulousness of the craftsmanship. In person the experience of viewing these two pieces is mesmerizing; the colors jump and undulate, and your eye move back and forth between the two pieces, (they each actually depict the same sequence of colors but on differently colored backgrounds). None of these qualities are communicated particularly well in photographs. This situation points out a problem with presenting art via photography (and computers, and the internet) - the photograph invariably changes the art being depicted. It flattens, it alters the color, and obviously, it is a change of media alerting a fundamental intention of its creation. Our hope is that few close ups of the piece can to some small degree communicate more clearly special qualities of these pieces. Or better yet, come see them in person if you get a chance.