Poet In Space
Alexis Portilla: Poet in Space at Hollis Taggart Galleries turns a retrospective eye on the past two decades of Portilla’s career, tracking the artist’s interests in organicism and scientific thought through his layered compositions. His works contain an expressive sense of depth that is both wholly contemporary and suggestive of more established modernist methods. Portilla’s meticulous consideration of surface results in vibrating, active planes of color that interact in unexpected ways, creating what artist and mentor Will Barnet called “a constant sense of expansion.” Color in Portilla’s paintings is not mixed, but layered, often many times over. Scraping and incising reveal multiple vibrant underlayers and give his work an atmospheric feeling of barely-glimpsed space. In compositions that have evolved from earthy abstractions to celestial constructions, Portilla encourages viewers to investigate the intricacies of line, texture, and depth.