Peter Monaghan

Monaghan November 6 - 16 2002

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Almost all of Peterís paintings are comprised of colour planes attached to a single colour background. Considering the strict limitations he poses, the colour, size, rhythm and compositional associations offer a whole range of opportunities and the variety of expression they present has proved to be infinitely adaptable. With impeccable lucidity, he articulates and orchestrates his colours to contrast and interact, while his phrasing and placing of elements is masterly. He has altered the expected flatness of the picture plane and added protruding spheres, cubes and other similarly geometric shapes. The desired effect is to make the viewer question what is real, and what is imagined; what is the foreground and background and why are the colours and shapes shifting. Take Alter, plate four, for example. It consists of twelve quadrilaterals in varying hues of primary colours. Four of these interlock with two in the background. They seem to swell and contract and if the viewer stands at a distance and gradually moves forwards, there is a sudden realisation that these four protruding shapes are actually concave. To restore the image to that which you encountered in the beginning, all you have to do is to take a step back.

Paintings in the exhibition