Now in her seventies, Suzanne Blank Redstone, has thoroughly explored abstraction. In her formative years, namely the 1960's, Redstone focused on 90 and 45 degree angles to create her immersive environments. Recently some of these works were shown at Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, in the exhibit entitled, "Portals". Accurately described, these works featured Redstone's imaginative spaces constructed from these basic angles as well as primary colors.
Reminiscent of Formalism, but created when Formalism was a hot topic of art theory, Redstone utilized the ideals of direct form in a more complex structure. Inspired by Josef Albers, a Formalist painter, whose works featured pristine geometric shapes that were distinct and flat, the essence of Formalism itself. Redstone, however, applied similar tools with a dynamic twist.
Redstone sustains optical illusions throughout her work, constantly switching lines of perspective and points of center. She then takes these illusions further by providing intentional "mistakes" to interrupt the facade she has already created. Lines that don't connect or suddenly have a curvature to them. Grids that are supposed to be transparent, are suddenly solid. These choices redefine Formalism itself, creating volume and depth that is hard to measure and track.
Redstone also tweaks her colors, so instead of strict primary shades, they become pastel or deep, dark hues of themselves. This subtle transformation of color throws the modernist standard even further into flux. Suzanne Blank Redstone's evolutionary use of modernist ideals to construct a unique perspective not only redefined them, but threw the aesthetic into a different dimension.