New Formalism in Painting and Photography

"We animate the picture plane with air and breath, floating it off the flat surface of the painting." -Joe Doyle 


July 25 through December 8, 2019

Reception: Thursday, September 5 | members 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | public 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Artists Dialogue: Words R&D Collaborative | November 21 | 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

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Collaboratively known as R&D, Bay Area artists Diane Rosenblum (b. 1964) and Joe Doyle (b. 1941) challenge the conventions of abstract painting and representational photography with computer manipulations that warp space and rearrange time. The exhibition features seven digital paintings and one large-scale installation photograph exemplifying Doyle’s leadership in illusionist painting with Rosenblum’s mastery of composite photography.  R&D transform the picture plane instantiating animation principles that the computer, as did the camera before it, to permanently alter the way we can see, shape, and understand the world.


About the Artists: R&D (Rosenblum and Doyle)

Diane Rosenblum, born in San Francisco, California, studied studio art and history at Oberlin College and earned a Master’s of Science at Brooks Institute of Photography. Her work is in twenty museum collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Crocker Museum, among others. Rosenblum was an artist-in-residence at the Takt Kunstprojectraum in Berlin, Germany and at the Centre for Substructured Loss in London, England in 2018.  She lives and works in Sausalito, California. 

Joe Doyle, born in New York, studied art at San Francisco State and received his Master’s of Art in 1971. Doyle gained national attention for his role in the mid-1970s West Coast Illusionist Movement distinguished by flat, geometric forms applied in a trompe l’oeil manner of painting. By the 1980s, Doyle began integrating digital elements to his paintings. 3D modeling software enabled a shift in his artistic process, as he now explores the formal and theoretical concerns of painting through computational technology. Doyle is one of the founders of the Multimedia Arts Department at Berkeley City College. His work has been shown at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum of California, and the Yozo Ueda Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. 

In 2016, Joe Doyle and Diane Rosenblum joined together to form R&D. Doyle’s artistic shift from painting to inkjet printing interested Rosenblum who created works in dialogue. Collectively, R&D seeks to expand the boundaries of abstract painting and photography through reconstructing the picture plane. In 2018, R&D’s collaborative work appeared in IS Fine Arts in San Francisco, California and The Yard, Organic/Inorganic in Brooklyn, New York.

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Digital painting images courtesy of the artists Diane Rosenblum and Joe Doyle. Exhibition photographs by Haley Nelson and Patrick Maisano.