Texas-born Nathan Randall Green is showing his typical “paper-pulp” paintings for the first time in Europe in a major solo exhibition called “Through Triple Darkness”.
Nathan Randall Greens distinctive geometric hard-edge style is based on his keen cosmological interest and research, e.g. at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas. At first glance, his paintings seem like angular abstractions full of triangles in vivid colors. On closer inspection, the composite elements begin to form a space of varying depth. The many materials used, such as acrylic, scraps of canvas, cardboard, synthetics with paper pulp on organically shaped wooden panels and their layers create a complicatedly structured surface that indicates the intense process of their creation. His paintings achieve a visual depth and aim to convey time and space simultaneously.
“Many of my works deal with cosmological ideas,” says New York based artist Nathan Randall Green, “and many of my paintings are inspired by the view into the distance, into our night sky, our solar system, past the Milky Way and into the afterlife.
Green refers to Hard-edge painting, which emerged in New York in 1959, experiments with line, form, color and texture and transfers this approach to a contemporary visual language. His paintings are artistic cartographies that “re-measure” the world of painting.
The title of the exhibition “Through Triple Darkness” is a quote from the late American hip-hop guru Gang Starr, who revolutionized the music scene in the 1980s. The quote is taken from the opening verse of his song “Above the Clouds” from 1998. “For many reasons, both the song and the artist have impressed me for decades.” says Green.