|November 4 - Nov 27, 2004
|Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of recent works
by the London-based painter, Rebecca Salter, on November fourth. The forthcoming
exhibition will present works made during, and following, an eleven-week residency (Autumn
2003) at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Ever aware of the potentially nurturing aspects of working in specific situations outside her London studio, Ms Salter
studied Josef Albersí oeuvre before beginning the residency and was interested in his attraction to a painting format of
sixteen inches square. She took to the Foundation in Connecticut many sheets of paper cut to this size, perhaps as a
means of establishing a kind of bond with the renowned colorist and teacher while on his turf. Included in the Novem-
ber exhibition will be several works from a small suite titled the Bethany paintings, which are executed in acrylic and
other mediums on aluminum panels measuring sixteen inches square.
Ms Salterís sensibility was importantly influenced by a six-year stay in Japan (1979-1985). In a sensitive catalogue essay,
the British writer and editor, Charlotte Mullins, discusses the many affinities Salterís work has with aspects of Japanese
life and culture, including the relationship between the constantly shifting shadows on the walls and floor plane of tradi-
tional Japanese rooms and the artistís shifts of hue and value within the arena of her densely worked paintings. Because
her paintings are composed of numerous layers of inscribed lines - vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curvilinear, which fre-
quently remind viewers of the physical structure of weavings, she requires a working surface which is resistant to pressure.
For many years, she has worked on canvas which is wrapped around, or pinned to, a wood panel; then, upon completion
of the painting process, she transfers the canvas to a stretcher, while giving great attention to the relationship of exactly
which portion of the painted surface constitutes the face of the work and which portion occupies the four zones formed by
the depth of the stretcher. Increasingly, however, she has experimented with alternative painting supports, including pan-
els of medium-density-fiberboard and rag paper mounted on thin sheets of aluminum. The most recent development
involves her painting directly on the aluminum panels.
Ms Salter exhibits with regularity in her native country, in New York, and in Tokyo and Kyoto. Other solo exhibitions since
the mid-1980s have taken place in San Francisco, Vienna, and Stuttgart. Her work is included in the permanent collections
of such significant institutions as the Tate Gallery, The British Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, and the Yale Center for British Art. The exhibition at Howard Scott Gallery in Chelsea - her fourth with the
gallery - will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Nicholas Fox Weber.