Born 1960 in Philadelphia, PA
Lives and Works in New York, NY
The large geometric paintings by Dan Walsh included in the Biennial are recent examples of the artist’s longstanding search for “minimal order met with maximal optical force.” Although the shapes’ lines and curves are so perfectly formed that they appear to have been made mechanically, close looking reveals that Walsh painted every line by hand through a painstaking layering process. The artist has described this practice as “trying to paint my way out of the grid . . . in and out of corners.”
The patterns in these paintings, as in much of Walsh’s work, reference historical forms such as Tibetan mandalas, Peruvian textiles, and Op art, as well as contemporary computer circuitry and 3-D graphics.
Dan Walsh’s work is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries.