NANCY PANTIRER: Hidden Agenda – November 16th – November 28th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
On View until: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017: 11:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Nancy Pantirer  | Hidden Agenda


The representation of light has been the subject of painting since time immemorial. It’s primordial, elusive qualities enable us to witness the ever changing and multifaceted properties of form and color. I embrace this pursuit through abstraction, producing an experiential illusion of its movement through subtle to highly chromatic washes, drips, splashes, and swipes of color. Parallel to this actively organic process, I also create paintings that combine minimalist borders and hard edge geometric forms. Often these two elements meet in the middle to form new combinations. My purpose is to invoke an ongoing dialogue between control and order versus random non-geometric paint exploration. Through this interplay of defined space and broken borders, I investigate the parameters and push the boundaries of both physical and psychological constraints.

I manipulate and respond to the surface of my canvas from every possible angle, both on and off the wall. Combining both conceptual and formalist ideas, I reference the phenomena of light in nature while simultaneously rejecting specificity of time and place. The tension of this dichotomy provides the foundation for each new painting.

My discovery of the possibilities of incandescent and UV paints began in 2013. Revealed in an orchestrated exposure of both normal and black light, hidden layers become a metaphor for the changeable states of human consciousness and imply that all is not as it may seem. The result is an immersive, almost meditative, experience of expanding awareness; as the pieces transform, so do the observers themselves as they become indirect participants in the creative process, ultimately shedding light on the agenda hidden inside us all.