|Rotoplaid Plaid Series
by Paul Tzanetopoulos
|1993 Fourth Newport Biennial, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California
1993 Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California
|10 ft. x 20 ft.|
|Oil on panel|
Oil painting on panel illustrating liquidity of normally rigid technical structures. Painting was segmented in six 5’x 5’ floating panels with 1/2” shadow gap between panels. Large-scale mural-sized painting illustrating potential use of digitized imagery and potential application of large colorful tile wall and plaza installations.
"...Tzanetopoulos' work is specifically related to the structures imposed by the human mind that distill real-world experience into sophisticated systems (such as computer imagery). His huge, multipanel painting, 'Rotoplaid,' is an image of plaid fabric twisted into a rotor-like maelstrom of activity. The piece embodies a tug-of-war between disparate visual devices and states of being -- a grid and a spiral, stasis and implied action, flatness and whirling depths, the implied three-dimensionality of a piece of weaving and the flatness of a painting.
Visually, 'Rotoplaid' combines a mechanical look -- the plaid design is represented by what seems to be zillions of identical flat strokes of paint -- with the improbable illusion of a rigid pattern spinning out of control into a fuzzily defined blur. Conceptual wit and formal tension combine to make an irresistible piece."
--Cathy Curtis, Los Angeles Times (Orange County)
"Painting Pictures; Newport Harbor's Fourth Biennial Draws on Style, Sense, Tastes of Its Chief Curator" OC Live! Section, Cover Page, 3, 6, 9, 16 October 14-20 1993