MICHAEL LACOY
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From its inception abstract art has grappled with the absolute. From Malevich and Mondrian on through the Abstract Expressionists, Yves Klein, and Agnes Martin, non-representational painters have addressed the great metaphysical questions. Such artists, in Arthur Danto’s phrase, made paintings “about something that can be said but cannot be shown.” My paintings have a similar objective: to materialize the immaterial. The work seeks to quiet the passions and focus the mind, providing a meditative space for the viewer. Drawing on thematics from religion and science, the Cross, Still Point and The Boundless Country paintings figure as contemplative objects, as emblems of existential splendor.