THE TEMPLE SERIES II
The Temple Series was inspired in part by the architecture of Egyptian and Greek temples, specifically the space in between the repetitious vertical columns. Anuszkiewicz principle interest is to use the architectural framing of differing light and atmospheric conditions as the formalist structure for the paintings. Color and light is explored mechanically, juxtaposing complimentary colors next to one another creating a visual sensation. As Saul Ostrow describes in his essay featured in the exhibition catalogue:
With the Temple Series, Anuszkiewicz has economically honed his means to have his viewer differentiate between what is actually on the canvas and that, which is being generated by our senses. Each painting consists of non-relational compositions of planes and lines of color, which though visually agitated seek equilibrium within the frame of the canvas. If these works where to be reproduced in black and white it would become apparent that Anuszkiewicz is a classicist — every variation is planned, there is nothing arbitrary, every non-essential detail has been excluded. What remains are repetitive, equally spaced, vertically orientated rectangular modules, framed by a motif of concentric bands which alternately produce either an illusionistic shadow-box like space or seem to advance to create illusionary bas relief-like objects.