Ruth Pastine’s work focuses the phenomenological investigation of color and its optical invocation of temperature, light, and spacial interplay. Trained at The Cooper Union and Hunter College, her approach to painting and color theory is nearly scientific, but her complete paintings are intensely emotive. Working in oil on canvas, she utilizes limited palettes of complementary color systems through which she forms infinite color experiences. The paint, applied in countless small brushstrokes, appears seamless. Through this process she is able to explore the perceptual interaction of color relationships and how they create a dialog between object, presence, and phenomena.
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