New Mexico, New York, #3 1998, Acrylic on fir plywood 26 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.

New Mexico, New York, #3

1998, Acrylic on fir plywood
26 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.

Richard Tuttle 

New Mexico, New York #3 is a small-scale piece with areas of saturated green and blue paint that suggests the lush verdant green of a landscape with expressionist treatment of paint and the zigzag of a watery blue line that draws attention across the surface. From straight on, the work seems like a flat surface but actually extends away from the wall, placing it in a category somewhere between painting and sculpture.

Since his first solo show in New York City in 1965, Richard Tuttle has been creating works that defy categorization and open up the spaces between painting, drawing, printmaking, sculptures and assemblages. His transformational process turns humble materials like wood, cardboard, wire, cloth and paper into artworks that intrigue and puzzle. Tuttle is interested in the experience of the viewer – how s/he engages with both the work and the space they share. Pace Gallery writes about Tuttle, “Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape, and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity.”