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Art Reception: Michael Bourque

June 21, 2018

                                                                     "Black Descending"

Location: Cafe
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

JUXTAPOSITIONS: The Materiality of Color and Form

Michael Bourque is a photographer and an award winning interior designer whose paintings explore the intersection of art and design. He manipulates color and form through a very studied use of juxtapositions. Patterns boldly play out countless times with an effect that invigorates the entire work and the support of rich surface textures. Colors are made brighter by their juxtaposition to unexpected colors and strong shapes are made stronger through repetition and the heavy applications of paint. These acrylic paintings are a thought-provoking mixture of abstraction, repetition, and improvisation. Lines adhere to the rules of geometry: mathematically sensible angles, and shapes that work together perfectly. Little vignettes and flashes of color that are allowed to peek through the pattern add to the visual effect. Colors are made brighter by juxtaposition to unexpected colors and strong shapes are made stronger with the heavy application of paint. Patterns play out countless times, invigorating the entire work, and to creating rich surface textures. Most pieces are large-scale both in physical size and in the volume of information they contain.