Ambiguity & Materialityview Ambiguity & Materiality
Minimalist reductionism and Conceptualist “dematerialization” of the late 60s and 70s created a crisis for painting. Richard Wengenroth’s response to this challenge was to emphasize materiality by replacing paint with the assertiveness of plexiglas and mirrors. These pieces retain two dimensional surface formalism while simultaneously introducing the three dimensionality of an actual environment, thus creating a 2D/3D ambiguity not unrelated to classical Cubism. These works were seen at the Pace Gallery, Columbus, and in an Akron, Ohio solo show.