An exhibition of recent works by UC Davis graduate Phil Amrhein titled “Seeing Black,” continuing his exploration of the void, will be on display March 2-31 at the Axis Gallery, 1517 19th St. in Sacramento.
This new series of black paintings explores the relationship between brushed line work and fields of sprayed paint, Amrhein said. Large black blotches of paint partially cover up or conceal repetitive marks that vary from loose brush strokes to rhythmic and structured frameworks.
“There is a repulsive yet seductive interplay that exists within this exploration,” a news release said. “These hue-less, image-less, minimalist paintings create an aesthetic that questions traditional confines of beauty and creativity.”
Said Amrhein, “My paintings embrace nothingness and may appear dark and perhaps gloomy, but my intent is not to express an emotion. Visually, the sprayed black shapes in these paintings simply transcend their blobness and become quite beautiful.”
A preview reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and a second reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The public is welcome.