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Recent Press on Joan Waltemath's Exhibitions

Program Director of the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA

Posted 03.13.15 by Office of Graduate Studies

JOAN WALTEMATH
Mexiking (East Below) , 2006-2012
oil, zinc, malachite, graphite, and fluorescent pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel
38 1/2 × 17 3/8 in

Read about LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting Program Director Joan Waltemath's recent exhibitions in New York and Baltimore at popular web news outlets Two Coats of Paint and Artsy.

Abstract painter and critic Joan Waltemath's  recent works from the her "Torso/Roots" paintings series are based on grids and patterns culled from the Fibonacci sequence, pulling her abstract compositions away from Expressionism and plotting them with an intentionality that encourages the viewer to engage with the work. 

"[I] study structures and [try] to understand how to construct a path for your eye to enter and move around," she explains. "So as I'm building up my paintings, I'm thinking about where you go and what happens next until the whole journey becomes enfolded into the structure of the painting."

Sharon Butler of Two Coats of Paint recently reviewed Waltemath's exhibition "One Does not Negate the Other," on view February 15 - March 14, 2015 at Hionas Gallery in New York, NY. 

"Joan Waltemath, who has a handsome show of abstract paintings on view at Hionas this month, is something of a throwback to those times, grinding her own pigments, experimenting with minerals, concocting mediums, and undertaking other painting-related investigations. The resulting paintings are elegant and spare in terms of imagery, which is based on mathematically-generated harmonic grids, but rich and complex with respect to surface and color. "

Read the whole review "Joan Waltemath: Sew" at Two Coats of Paint.

K. Sundberg of Artsy recently reviewed Waltemath's local exhibition "In the Absence of Grief," on view February 19 - March 21, 2015 at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, MD.

"In the Absence of Grief now on view at Baltimore's C. Grimaldis Gallery exhibits drawings and paintings from Waltemath's ongoing "Torso/Roots" series, which is based on grids and patterns culled from the Fibonacci sequence. The Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio, which occur in very high frequency in nature, have been influential in art and architecture for thousands of years, under the postulation that pleasure in the aesthetic experience is a result of the mathematical proportionality of elements in relation to one another. "

Read the whole review of "Proportionality and the Essential Experience of Art in the Work of Joan Waltemath" at Artsy.

Image information: 

Joan Waltemath
Mexiking (East Below) , 2006-2012
oil, zinc, malachite, graphite, and fluorescent pigment on honeycomb aluminum panel
38 1/2 × 17 3/8 in
(C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD)