Planthouse | Greg Foley and Donald Hearn | Lux Nova

On View: May 16 – June 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6–8 PM

‘LUX NOVA derived from the advent of stained glass in 12th century France, means “new light”. The Abbot Suger, who rebuilt the Church of Saint-Denis with Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, used the phrase to describe the heavenly aura that filled the space. His patronage of the new architectural style helped move European architecture beyond Roman imitations and eventually led to masterpieces like Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Koelner Dom in Cologne.

Greg Foley and Donald Hearn’s respective practices involve an engaged approach to composition and abstraction that both artists utilize to highlight color in almost opposing ways. They integrate color with the form and composition it adorns, like the vivid tones of a bird or a colorful amusement park ride. Either without its colors, wouldn’t be nearly as arresting or capable of doing what they succeed in together. Looking at the ride’s unpainted structure or a colorful bird’s feathers without the bird would offer less than half of the complete experience of the considered combinations of composition and color in these series.’

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