Staff Pick: Stephen Lavigne

Steve posing with his staff pick

The latest installment of our Education Department’s Staff Pick program was chosen by Stephen Lavigne, an Artistic Educator at the KW|AG.

Lavigne chose a work by Hungarian French artist Victor Vasarely. The untitled serigraph entered the KW|AG’s permanent collection as a gift in 1987.

Lavigne says he chose the work because he has long been interested in Vasarely’s work, “specifically his trademark use of hard edge geometry combined with a saturated colour palette.”  He also describes it as “less ‘Opy’” than Vasarely’s other works in our collection and went on to say this:

“I like Vasarely’s commitment to the simple repeated triangle in this work. I’m impressed by the artist’s use of dynamic colour relationships combined with the subtle shifts in hue and intensity. For me the result is an image that is both flat and spacial. I can get lost in the abstract pattern of pure colours while being  drawn to the oddly futuristic architectural space that Vasarely creates.”

Victor Vasarelly died in Paris in 1997. His work is generally classified as Op-art – also known as optical art. It is a style of painting that is often abstract and makes use of optical illusions.

The Staff Pick program began this year. It allows staff and board members of the Gallery to dive into the depths of our 4,000 piece permanent collection and select an artwork they wish to see displayed in our Corridor Gallery.

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