Visual artist Lisa Solar celebrates an upcoming solo show at the Saw Room in The Alley Gallery, July 15 - Aug. 16, opening receptions Saturday, July 22, 5-8 p.m., and August 5, 5-8 p.m.
In this interview we talk about the body of work on display in her show "The Game" which includes an installation of works in progress that involve Solar's color practice. The Saw Room Gallery offers an intimate space to view numerous new works by Solar, curated by Darren Oberto and Ross Martens of The Alley Gallery.
From the Saw Room website: This current body of work by Lisa Solar reflects her interest in the game of Formal Painting. Each piece represents a challenge to pinpoint the precise moment in which the relationship between dissonance and harmony becomes unstable, using the least number of moves. The works can be considered a record of sequences, and rely on a formulaic set of opening moves. As in chess, a few reliable restrictions or combinations have the potential to propagate into infinite diverging results. See more at thesawroom.com
In the current body of work I am exploring color relationships via forms that hover between biomorphic and geometric. Within the stricture of a handful of of typical moves (gradient color, pulsing polygons and hallucinogenic face arrangements) I feel for the line between dissonance and harmony and push and pull colors back and forth over it.
My method of working is handed down from the Bauhaus school of color theory and leans heavily on making empirical choices and continually reacting to them. Through the duration of each work, I explore the link between emotive and logical response, and then advance or retreat accordingly.
Formal influences are many and always in flux. Jessica Stockholder’s work remains a constant bellwether as does Sonia Delaunay and of course, Albers (both Anni and Josef).