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Abstract painting by Beth Caspar
acrylic on mdf board
Abstract painting by Beth Caspar
fluourescent spray paint, acrylic, powdered graphite on paper on panel
Abstract painting by Beth Caspar
fluorescent and black and white spray paint on panel
Abstract painting by Beth Caspar
fluourescent spray paint and acrylic on panel

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In addition to light and transparency, my work has always focused on and explored shape and pattern (planar geometric shapes; shapes derived from chance; letter shapes; mathematically derived patterns; chance patterns). In earlier work I attempted to retain an underlying stable structure amid what appeared to be a disruption of symmetry and even chaos. Currently, pattern, shape, and transparency have come together in a series of paintings based on the letters of the alphabet and simple word shifts (bet, bat, cat, car, cot, dot, etc.) with the intention that the words become lost even though they’re still there. They’re meant to turn the familiarity and safety of language on its head and challenge the viewer to simply engage in experiencing the elements that comprise it as pure abstraction.

BIO
I grew up on Long Island in New York and after graduating from high school went to Pratt Institute. I eventually got my BFA from the University of Florida with a major in printmaking. I returned to New York to continue my practice first in New York City and then for 25 years in Brooklyn. I have work in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Columbus (Georgia) Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the University of Florida as well as numerous corporate and private collections. I’m represented by the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY, and Geoform, an online gallery of hard-edge, optical, and mathematically influenced art. And until it closed last year, I regularly showed work at The Painters gallery in Fleishmann’s New York.