ArtBeat: “Untitled” by R. Ashley Krohmal
Which way is up?
Painter and ceramic artist R. Ashley Krohmal has a one-person exhibit on view at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. And while waiting for the curtain of a production of “The Lady With All the Answers” last week, I was pursuing the work – large scale abstract oil paintings on one side of the theater’s cafe, and smaller landscape watercolors on the other.
I was immediately struck by one of the oil paintings:
Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the paint drips were actually dripping upward, as though they were defying gravity. Then I noticed that the artist’s signature was also upside-down in the upper left-hand corner of the canvas. Then I noticed that it was also initialed by the artist in the lower right hand corner.
So apparently, Krohmal painted it one way, and then had a change of heart and flipped the canvas over.
Searching on the artist’s website, I found a photograph of the painting, and it’s posted as the artist had originally intended – but upside-down from the way it’s hung at Cap Rep:
So which way to you like the painting better?
My vote is for the second picture here. As to why, my eye is attracted to the yellow (one of my two favorite colors), and I like it better the second way.
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