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the outdoor PALETTE
By Adelaide Tyrol
Our brains filter and sort what we see to help us understand things.
We edit out a plethora of information in order to clarify and
organize the world. Carolyn Enz Hack is interested in the layers
of information we edit out. What is left on the cutting-room
floor may be unstructured, but it’s also fascinating and vital.
“Sowing Good Will” is a sculptural painting that sprang out
of Hack’s interest in physics. She set out to follow a mathematical
puzzle that addressed motion through space and the behavior of
matter. She took a flat plane, in this instance a sheet of Japanese
mulberry paper called kozo, cut openings in it, and then furled
it back upon itself. The paper is still one piece but now exists
in three dimensions, rippling through a gradation of color
and complexity. Hack succeeds in conveying a strong sense of
energetic dispersal in this piece, and she does this with no
representation of external forms.
We have a natural tendency to label things, and so the piece
might look like wings, or fire, or a Rorschach test. But abstrac-
tion strives to defy verisimilitude. Abstract art depends on the
significance of color, form, texture, and spatial relationships,
rather than representational forms, to convey what is real. It is a
puzzle, and a beautiful one. As Hack says, “What we can’t see is
the most important part.”
Carolyn Enz Hack may be reached through her website: carolynenzhack.com. A solo
exhibition of her work will be at Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, from April 26-May
Sowing Good Will, wire, kozo paper, mirror, acrylic, approximately 55” x 124” x 15”, 2012