Todd Keyser’s use of constructed pictorial space maximizes the expressive potential found within both the self-imposed limitations chosen by the artist and the inherent constraints of working on a rectangular canvas. With his compositions rigorously decided, Keyser finds openness through engagement with the edge of the canvas and the physical space beyond the image. He says that the “intent [of his compositions]…is to suggest that more could be added to each painting…that the space beyond the painting can continue.”
His use of paint treatment, texture, and color vary from painting to painting, but occur within repeating, predetermined geometric structures. Through Keyser’s range of related versions, the viewer is reminded of the richness which can be experienced through variations on a theme which occur frequently in the world of music and, in the visual arts, that harken to Josef Albers’ chromatic painting series: “Homage to the Square.”
Open Plan will be on view from May 3 – 26, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 5 – 7 pm.
Gross McCleaf Gallery
127 S. Sixteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 – 5