"Differential Resistance"

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Experimenting with technique to produce a pleasing natural effect.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

March 13, 2022

Robert Petrick’s "Differential Resistance" achieves an unlikely and alluring harmony between density of form and color coupled with semi-translucent applications of paint (so much so that I thought Petrick might have been using pastel before I noticed the medium line). To me (this is highly subjective, and I could imagine a very different response), "Differential Resistance" is a wonderfully playful painting that evokes dance, music, and liberated movement. Despite its intrinsically static nature, I cannot see this work as anything other than fluid. The shapes do not stay fixed, but instead float across the surface of the canvas like autumn leaves whirling in a soft breeze. Petrick manages to diffuse the colors without letting them consume each other. Each orange form and even the dashes of white underlying them maintain individuality while sustaining an overall cohesion.

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Robert Petrick
Robert Petrick Creator

March 18, 2022

Sorry John I updated this piece. I was not satisfied with what it was saying. Here is a new attempt. It may hold but sometimes when you live with a piece it reveals itself slowly. The culture of war that prevades the world I think is also having an affect on my painting psyche. I hope to keep those ideas

at bay.

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Robert Petrick
Abstract, Abstract Expressionism
Painting - Unframed
Acrylic, Canvas
40.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
7.00 lbs