Jus Juchtmans' COLOR-VIRUS Exhibition to Open 2/13 at Margaret Thatcher Projects
Margaret Thatcher Projects will present Color-Virus, the third solo exhibition of Belgian artist, Jus Juchtmans. In the exhibition, micro-layers of acrylic and acrylic gel medium are skillfully stretched atop one another, creating an illusionary sense of space. The effect is balanced by thick drips at the edges of the canvas, countering illusion and grounding, and giving attention to the physical object in its environment. This theme of duality underlies all of Juchtmans' paintings. The exhibition will be on view February 13 - March 22, 2014, with an artist's reception set for Thursday, February 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
At the foundation of abstract painting, there is a belief that to work abstractly is the most honest way to describe and share the experience of an emotion. To include the figure is to place a limit on the edges of such expression. The paintings of Jus Juchtmans provide a space for this exploration, rewarding extended viewing by revealing subtle colors and shapes from beneath the surface glaze.
When approaching his surfaces, the first image likely to catch attention is the viewer's own reflection, forcing one to walk around the painting and observe it from multiple angles in order to actually see it. Even this initial investigation is fruitful, since it brings attention to the paintings rich edges. Reflection is a recurring theme, both in the literal reflection of the viewer but also in the phenomenological experience of viewing his paintings. As color is undoubtedly an integral part of Jus' work, the light conditions, itself variable based on time of day, also contribute a great deal to the viewing experience.