EMPTY: Paintings by Paul Resika


Foreword by Steven Harvey

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The 2017 exhibition  includes paintings that highlight Paul Resika’s ongoing relationship to “emptiness,” where the represented objects — vessels, houses, and flowers — are depicted as elemental and symbolic volumes, floating in color fields.

The catalogue investigates Resika’s contemporary relationship to Carlo Carrà’s concept of ‘pittura metafisica,’ and what Carrà termed ‘painting without adjectives.’ The emptiness of the architecture of Resika’s paintings is reminiscent of the way De Chirico and Carrà orchestrated elements in space. Resika once said that his paintings were never “of something; rather they are something – paintings that have their own very independent existence from the landscape they imagine.” It is in this poetic starkness that they are “empty.”