PRESS RELEASE: COLOR CODED, Feb 22 - Mar 30, 2024

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present “COLOR CODED”, an entrancing group exhibition showcasing the diverse aptitudes and unique perspectives of local and international artists Esther Podemski, Nobu Fukui and Cheonae Kim. Commencing with a reception on Thursday, February 22, from 6 to 8 pm, the exhibition will continue through Saturday, March 30, 2024.

In this exhibition, color takes center stage and becomes the primary subject of study. From polychromatic geometric abstractions that employ bold, juxtaposing colors to energetic, sculptural compositions that play with individual gestural expression, “Color Coded” offers a multidimensional exploration of the ways in which color interacts with form, texture, and space. Through distinct meticulous processes and innovative techniques, the materially diverse, participating artists aim to transform and stretch the boundaries of perception; offering a unique vantage point on the boundless possibilities of color abstraction. 

The exhibition, through an assorted selection of paintings and works on paper, examines the transformative power of color when freed from representational constraints and invites viewers to reconsider the dynamic interplay between color and structure and to contemplate their role in shaping our understanding of the world around us.

Esther Podemski’s work is abstraction that evokes a physical world in which illusionistic depth is crucial. Drafted with vector graphics, which are typically used for diagrams and schematics that allow for an object or scene to be viewed all at once from an aerial point of view, these forms evoke a sense of familiarity. Vector graphics can also map movement and velocity, giving her works an expanded sense of time as well as space. 

Nobu Fukui’s paintings are marked by an amalgamation of improvisational, color abstraction with elements of collage and mixed media, culminating in alluring textured surfaces that may read as performative action paintings from a distance, or upon closer inspection, pop art suggestive of a narrative.

Cheonae Kim’s geometrically structured paintings use color combinations, taking into account form and proportion to create visual interpretations of the auditory feelings that emerge from "Transcendental Etudes", a set of twelve compositions for piano by composer Franz Liszt.