Since the 1960s Duane Zaloudek’s interest in exploring the phenomenological aspects of vision through an investigation of form, light and color has dominated his studio practice.
In August 2019, we visited artist Duane Zaloudek in his Manhattan studio and discussed his life and work as we explored works on paper in his flat files and viewed his newest painting.
Nomad Songs is an exhibition of 1 new gesso and watercolor painting and 1 drawing from 1975 with accompanying viewing table and chair by New York based artist Duane Zaloudek. Since the 1960s Zaloudek’s interest in exploring the phenomenological aspects of vision through an investigation of form, light and color has dominated his studio practice. This exhibition explores the continuity of Zaloudek's long career.
Over time by progressively reducing the contrast of value and color in his work, the goal of Duane Zaloudek has evolved away from formal problem-solving and toward a self-conscious awareness of the physicality of seeing. Through an intense encounter with carefully reduced stimuli Zaloudek seeks to raise an awareness of being on the part of the viewer with the intention of making painting an exclusively physical-visual experience.