A Time of Hard Edge

Joseph Kyle

Joseph Kyle Radiance Diptych 96 x 72 in. 2003

The piece above by Joseph Kyle is hot with kinetic energy. His work can be found at Elan Fine Art. https://elanfineart.ca/

I discovered Joe Kyle when I spent a year studying at the Victoria College of Art. He had been the director long before my year there. and a large oil portrait of him hung in the stairwell.

This is my knock-off of Radiance. It’s 40 x 60 ” on two canvases. It was a lot of fun to do and got me hooked on hard edge.

Southwest Laurie Mackie 36 x 47 “

Turns out I like the hard edge process. Working in hard edge slows me down and gives me time to consider each action. It compliments my strengths in composition and colour. I’m also using glazing techniques that give the work a dimensionality and luminosity I like.

And I’ve recently seen a couple of shows by artists working in hard edge who’ve inspired my direction.

Frank Stella

His retrospective, Experiment and Change, Fort Lauderdale at the NSU Art Museum Museum, 2018, showcased three floors of his considerable body of work and highlighted his depth and complexity as a visual artist.

Frank Stella’s pieces are huge and immersive. This one, Paradox sur le Comedience, 1000 x 619 ” is hypnotic at this scale.


Frank Stella Hiraqla Variation 11 960 x 640 ”

Hung beside his later sculptural work that is like a deconstruction of his paintings.

Sterling Ruby

Another artist who has a diverse body of work, and one I would call hard edge attitude, is Sterling Ruby. His 2019 show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami was intense and exuberant.

His diverse body of work was presented with a similar approach to deconstruction as Stella. Stella’s work is more refined. Sterling Ruby’s work exudes a rough urgency. It’s also playful and soaked in irony.

These artist are separated by a generation, yet the exhibits had the same qualities of hard edge attitude, experimentation, and change.

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