A crimson canvas, six by six feet, sits horizontally on the gallery’s main wall. The painting’s texture is a maze of grooves and ridges; clusters of pinks, oranges, and reds swirl and coalesce into a whirlpool at the piece’s center. The observer’s eyes are drawn to where the colors merge, to the spot that appears as a ripped wound in the canvas’s wall. Viscous, metallic-looking rivets radiate out from this center point to the piece’s edge, as if an invisible force causes the canvas to inflame and melt outwards. The tumult of colors is contrasted against a warped background of deep blues and purples, elements that signify the universe’s mystery and vastness.
Titled “The Fissure”, this artwork by contemporary artist Frank Stella is known for its Intense abstraction, the epitome of Stella’s 60’s Minimalist works. Now, rising artist Frank Bueltge pays homage to his forerunner with his new piece “The Fissure Reimagined.” Using techniques of neural networks and big data, his new artwork injects a fresh perspective into the seminal work. Bueltge’s reimagining integrates stereoscopic imagery and an abstract soundscape to further immerses the observer into the canvas’s void. The piece was just released today at the Tate Modern Museum in London, and his previous work “The Quantum Garden” is now showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Check it out here.