Joan Witek in her Tribeca studio 1974
I am attracted to black because of the beauty of the color and its infinite ! variety.
It is a color that has been my inspiration since I began painting.
JOAN WITEK: PAINTINGS brings together works from the 1970s to the present, revealing the artist’s impressive unwavering focus. Here, Witek uses fine pencil lines on white ground to define her compositions, before applying black oilstick to establish rich strokes. The latter move vertically, horizontally, or diagonally on the picture plane, employing the invisible grid as the overall structural backbone. Though seemingly graphic when viewed from afar, Witek embraces handmade imperfections that offer rich nuance. In fact, subtle expression is found within each line as thickness and strength of application shifts. It is in these variations within the overall minimal vocabulary that we find traces of emotional undercurrents and a glimpse of the person behind the work.