Gloria Ortiz Hernandez

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Gloria Ortiz Hernandez
Plate/Shift #10
Graphite pencil, charcoal powder, and pigment on wove paper.
22 x 22 inches (559 x 559 mm); frame: 24 15/16 x 24 15/16 x 1 1/2 inches
Gift of Sally and Howard Lepow.
Purchased from the artist by Sally and Howard Lepow.

In 1998, Gloria Ortiz-Hernandez gave up the brightly colored figurative paintings that she had been doing for years and began drawing simple geometric forms. Like many of these drawings, Plate/Shift #10 belongs to a series in which the artist explores different combinations of a similar composition. Made of numerous layers of almost imperceptible strokes the subtle gradation from dark to light suggests volume and depth, and gives this deceptively simple composition a great tactile beauty. The drawing is typical of Ortiz-Hernandez's work in its fusion of a minimalist aesthetic with an exquisite sense of refinement.