JON COFFELT
Purple Ink Cosmos on Teal Field
acrylic, ink on wood panel
30.5 x 30.5 cm (12x12")
Whether he is tracing a particular mood on a certain day or meditating on painting's connection to a larger framework, Coffelt takes pleasure in his undertaking.
Cosmos proposes the possibility that the painter may indeed leave a significant trace of his creative activity. The image that Coffelt produces in his dot-populated Cosmos paintings rhymes with Larry Poons's ellipses, Ross Bleckner's celestial vaults and the patterns of Australian aboriginal textiles-an arc of reference that we trace across historical movements and diverse cultures. As quickly as we summon reference, however, we are arrested with the delicate beauty of the surface and the touch of the artist's own fingertips, pressed onto the pigmented surface imbued with its own identity-Coffelt's cosmos. -David Moos, curator, Toronto Ontario
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