Pressed Upon a Pane

By Anna Gregor

Oil paint on Canvas
36 inches x 60 inches

Gregor’s paintings suggest interior architectural spaces that enclose the viewer – walls and windows, corners and doors – that teeter on the edge of dissolving into abstraction. At moments like these, when the idea of a represented object and the perception of the material collide, the suggestion of architectural space transforms into swathes of paint in the imagination of the viewer. These uncertain “spaces” that refuse comprehension foreground the act of mental construction fundamental to seeing: one attempts to understand what is depicted but is ultimately frustrated. The viewer is left with the sensuous beauty of paint applied to ground and a self-awareness of a mind that wants to understand. These paintings beg the question: what is really real — the material from which we construct our ideas of the world or the ideas at which we arrive?