Colin Oulighan


August 5- 13, 2011

WORK Gallery is pleased to present Shapes, new paintings by Red Hook, Brooklyn based painter Colin Oulighan. In this series of work, Oulighan began with the idea of creating an archetypical abstract painting, then set about exploding our expectations and assumptions of what abstract and representational paintings can be and how they function. Serial, geometric forms depicted in arbitrary colors occupy all of Oulighan’s paintings, resting on the bottom edge of the canvas. What would seem like simple abstraction is actually simple representation, for the geometric arrangements are taken verbatim from children’s blocks haphazardly dropped, then projected onto canvas. They are rendered in illusionisitic spaces replete with artificial lighting and gravity. The paintings are light hearted and lucid, the results of an uncomplicated process that yields concrete compositions resistant to interpretation,
narrative, and unburdened by emotion or fantasy.

Shapes (yellow)

acrylic on canvas

40" x 30"


This exhibition was part of the WORK Gallery solo exhibition program. For six months, April through August 2011, WORK Gallery executed an ambitious series of solo exhibitions, mounting two solo shows per month. Each exhibition was accompanied by an artist talk with a guest speaker, often from another profession leading, to encourage new ideas, and cross-disciplinary discussion.