New York-based artist Josh Sperling merges sculpture with painting in his newest solo exhibition. Entitled Spectrum, the series of abstract works features the artist's signature squiggle motif in multi-piece installations that appear to move across the walls.
Sperling creates these colorful motifs by stretching canvas over carved plywood and painting the desired hue on top. As a result, the forms appear as both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, depending on the angle of the viewer. The sinuous shapes of these squiggles create buoyant movement which, in conjunction with the rainbow color palette, makes the installations a dynamic experience to walk through.
“Illusion is also very important to me: the underlying structure gives the illusion of something, it is mysterious,” Sperling explains. “When the squiggles are skinnier, they have one central layer; in the middle, they have two; and when they are very large, they have three. That is a result of wanting to give the work an organic life-like feel, like the rings of a tree that grows with layers.” In addition to the squiggles, the artist also has numerous “double bubble” pieces hanging on the walls, which are produced using the same techniques.