“Tony DeLap” at Franklin Parrasch Gallery

Franklin Parrasch Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent works by Southern California-based artist Tony DeLap. This show includes paintings from 2012-2016 that continue the artist’s deep-rooted investigations of perceptual ambiguity and the nature of illusion.

Born in Oakland, CA in 1927, DeLap has long been a fixture of the West Coast art scene. He has taught and mentored such California art luminaries as Bruce Nauman, John McCracken, and James Turrell. Along with John Coplans, DeLap was a member of the founding arts faculty at the University of California, Irvine when it opened in 1965. That same year, he was cited in Donald Judd’s seminal essay Specific Objects, which discussed the tendency among artists in the 1960s to work in the space between painting and sculpture.

Although these recent paintings follow a logical trajectory from his earlier work, they display a more subtle approach to his longstanding concepts. Working with shaped aluminum platforms that DeLap specifically and precisely mills prior to wrapping with linen, the hard-edged geometric imagery functions to create volume while still maintaining an acutely flat surface. The artist’s measured use of saturated color, which interacts with the natural linen and the shadows created by the distance between the pieces and the wall, produces a complex and seductive visual experience that oscillates between painting and object. In each instance, these works investigate how the interaction of geometric shapes can create dimensionality and movement on a static plane.

Start Date

July 6, 2016

End Date

August 5, 2016


10:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Franklin Parrasch Gallery, 53 E 64th St New York, NY 10065

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