Re-Op: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After
October 2 - December 12, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, October 2, 2015 5:00 to 7:00 PM


"Re-Op” explores contemporary approaches to understanding, re-examining, and pushing the boundaries of visual perception beyond those initially posed by Op Art in the early 1960s. New materials and supports utilized by contemporary artists range from aluminum, steel, reflective sign materials, and plastics to mosaics, collage, pattern, digital data, projections, the use of templates and stencils, as well as squeegeed and airbrushed paint.     


“Re-Op: ‘The Responsive Eye’ Fifty Years After” is the third installment of a critical series of presentations that has been reexamining the seminal exhibition organized by William C. Seitz in winter-spring 1965 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “Re-Op” presents contemporary artworks from many of the American artists who were included in the MoMA exhibition, including: Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Francis Celentano, John Goodyear, Ed Mieczkowski, Oli Sihvonen, Julian Stanczak and Tadasky. The artworks presented here were produced well after the Op Art craze and later in the careers of these artists, between 1983 and 2014. More importantly, these works demonstrate how these visionary artists maintained the rigor and discipline they brought to understanding visual perception by creating the illusion of three-dimensional space and motion using mostly line and color.


Presented alongside the original participants of “The Responsive Eye” are a large number of contemporary artists not included in that seminal exhibition, but inspired by it and its alumni mentioned above. Several were peers of the original participants; others were on the cusp but still finding their way. Even more interesting is the large number of young artists included in “Re-Op” who continue to comprehend and push the boundaries of visual perception with their use of new materials, processes, and supports. These range from aluminum, steel, reflective sign materials, and plastics to mosaics, collage, pattern, digital data, projections, the use of templates and stencils, as well as squeegeed and airbrushed paint. Some of the artworks are imbued with conceptual content that delivers not only an aesthetic punch, but also social and cultural messages, pushing the application of line and color to its limits. Participants from across the country include Richard Anuszkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Francis Celentano, Peter Demos, Fred Eversley, Gabriele Evertz, Beverly Fishman, John Goodyear, Christian Haub, Matthew Kluber, Tom Martinelli, Ed Mieczkowski, Ruth Pastine, Paul Reed, Richard Roth, Oli Sihvonen, Jack Slentz, Julian Stanczak, Robert Swain, Tadasky, Leo Valledor, Stephen Westfall, Sanford Wurmfeld, Mario Yrisarry and Eric Zammitt.


Since its inception, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions featuring Post-War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies, including Color Field, geometric and hard-edge abstraction, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism, and Conceptualism in a variety of media. While the gallery has been recognized as a proponent of important historical abstraction from the 1960s through the 80s, as a contemporary art gallery it also exhibits younger generations of abstractionists who explore alternative media and supports and push the boundaries of expression. In keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and emerging artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art.

Untitled (Red and Yellow Temple) Richard Anuszkiewicz
Untitled (Red and Yellow Temple)
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 x 2 inches
_15 Karl Benjamin
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
Diamond Wave in Blue and Red Francis Celentano
Diamond Wave in Blue and Red
Acrylic on canvas
50.5 x 50.5 inches
Oval Counter Rotation Francis Celentano
Oval Counter Rotation
Acrylic on plastic
41.25 x 51.5 inches
Untitled 9 Peter Demos
Untitled 9
Acrylic on canvas
53 x 45 inches
Untitled 25 Peter Demos
Untitled 25
Acrylic on polyester
53 x 45 inches
Red Visa Versa Fred Eversley
Red Visa Versa
Cast and polished polyester
20 x 20 x 4 inches
Indigo Vision Fred Eversley
Indigo Vision
Cast and polished polyester
20 x 20 x 4 inches
Implied Spaces Gabriele Evertz
Implied Spaces
Acrylic on canvas over wood
12 x 12 inches
Solstice Gabriele Evertz
Acrylic on canvas over wood
18 x 18 inches
Untitled Beverly Fishman
Untitled (Full Spectrum)
Enamel on polished stainless steel
60.561 x 84 inches
Conclusion John Goodyear
Acrylic on canvas with wooden dowels and monofilament
24 x 26 x 1 inches
Float for Linda Salerno Christian Haub
Float for Linda Salerno
Cast acrylic sheet
36 x 36.25 x 3.5 inches
Float for Althea Gibson Christian Haub
Float for Althea Gibson
Cast acrylic sheet
24 x 26 x 2.5 inches
No Place Like Utopia Matthew Kluber
No Place Like Utopia
Alkyd on aluminum, custom software, computer, digital projection
44 x 96 inches
Construction _209 Leroy Lamis
Construction #209
12 x 12 x 12 inches
Untitled Tom Martinelli
Untitled (#9626)
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 76 inches
Leith Walk Red Ed Mieczkowski
Leith Walk Red
Mixed media
17 x 14 inches
9891 (A_B_C_D Quadtych) Paul Reed
9891 (A,B,C,D Quadtych)
Gouache on paper
30 x 44 inches
What_s New Pussycat Richard Roth
What's New Pussycat
Acrylic on birch plywood
20 x 16 x 2.5 inches
B.W.O. Richard Roth
Flashe on birch plywood
12 x 8 x 4 inches
Untitled (019) Oli Sihvonen
Untitled (019)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
68 x 72 inches
Blue Tube Jack R Slentz
Blue Tube
Aluminum sign material (outdoor reflective aluminum sign material)
24 x 24 x 24 inches
Julian Stanczak
Trespass in the Light
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 84 inches
Untitled _6x7-5A 15 B3-Five_ Robert Swain
Untitled, 6x7-5A 15 B3-Five
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 84 inches
N103 Tadasky
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Zam Leo Valledor
Acrylic on canvas
66 x 120 x 2 inches
Nature Boy Stephen Westfall
Nature Boy
Oil and alkyd on canvas
60 x 80 inches
II-15_1B (V-Y) Sanford Wurmfeld
II-15#1B (V-Y)
Acrylic on canvas
42 x 24 inches
Septenary Yellow Mario Yrisarry
Septenary Yellow
Acrylic on canvas
66 x 66 inches
Nocturne Supernatural Eric Zammitt
Nocturne Supernatural
Colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished
99.5 x 61.5 inches

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