I first saw Eve Aschheim’s work on Joan Mitchell Foundation’s web site. Aschheim received the foundation’s grant in 2008. Immediately after seeing the images the work of Agnes Martin came to mind. Both artists’ delicate color, uncluttered space and fragile line appear similar at least as visual structures. Aschheim’s paintings seem to be firmly planted in the tangible reality of architecture. The overlaps of line and hints of atmospheric depth at times betray the resilient non-objectiveness of the work. The paintings appear fleeting, yet at the same time stable – a paradox of forces also affecting our built environments. Agnes Martin’s work on the other hand, though using a similar visual language, exudes otherworldliness. While Aschheim’s painted space invites us to enter, and for a time exist within its linear framework, Martin’s grids push back; their mystery – impenetrable, yet somehow within reach.
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