International Utopian abstractions at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center has launched its new exhibition season, where artists explore the chromatic properties of light through different colors and media.

“The Color of Light: Utopian Abstractions” displays five artists’ investigations into the color of light. Whether expressed through painting, drawing, photography, video, installation or sculpture, the effects of light, materials, color intensity and hue, subject matter, inspiration, latitude and climate all affect the outcome of the abstract images presented. The artists are united by their dedication to abstraction, pure color and form," says a release from the Center.

To quote from the co-curators of the show, Dianne Beal (USA) and Barbara Bodart (France):

“The Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to individual travel and travelling exhibitions, and so the fact that these works are now on exhibit at the Rothko Center is cause for applauding the determination and professionalism of the artists and our fellow collaborators. The utopian dream of creating this exhibition has finally become a reality. As light beams travel across the globe, the wavelength of the light changes, but the frequency remains constant. The exhibition embodies these qualities of light and brings us together to appreciate the power of art.”


 Julie Wolfe (Washington, DC, USA) investigates color and form, the beauty of nature and its destruction in her paintings, prints, drawings and sculptural objects.

Go Segawa (Paris region, France) begins with the notion of painting on a two-dimensional surface and then shifts the design to a three-dimensional object that gives the illusion of a form floating in space.

Pascal Fancony (Uzés, France) has been using four primary colors of high saturation since the 2000s in his paintings, drawings, installations and objects.

Anton Ginzburg (New York, NY, USA) uses music, video and light to address nature and technology by interweaving moments of reality with color field abstraction.

Yves Ullens (Brussels, Belgium) expresses emotion and explores spontaneous feeling through his abstract photographs, installations, sculptures and design objects.

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Center is the starting point of the show’s intended journey across half the planet. Available in Daugavpils until 22 August, it will continue to tour exhibition spaces in France to be followed by the USA in the upcoming year.

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