Carter & Citizen is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by Norman Zammitt (1931 – 2007). The exhibition opens October 27 and closes December 15, 2012. The gallery will host a reception on Saturday, October 27, from 6 to 8pm.

This exhibition highlights a group of small paintings executed in the 1970s by Norman Zammitt, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement in Southern California. Though largely under-appreciated during his lifetime, Zammittʼs work has recently been reconsidered, due in large part to The Gettyʼs Pacific Standard Time initiative.
Zammitt was intently focused with the consideration of colors effect on each other and how light penetrates and emanates from color. His linear geometric abstractions were approached in a rigorous scientific manner, as he worked with physicists and mathematicians to perfect his formula for blending acrylics. This precise approach is easily forgotten when looking at the paintings, as their ethereal and nuanced surfaces mesmerize the viewer. Simply put, these paintings reward the act of looking.

This exhibition was initially conceived in collaboration with Joni Gordon (1936 – 2012) of Newspace Resales (Los Angeles). Gordon was a fierce champion of Zammitt and the current reexamination of Zammittʼs work is in no small part due to Joniʼs efforts. In part, this exhibition serves as a billet-doux to both Zammitt and Gordon, whose visions were authentic and original; a way of looking, creating and being that defies the cynicism and conceptual heavy-handedness often seen in art today.

Norman Zammitt (1931–2007) was born in Toronto, Canada, raised on an American Indian reservation in New York State, and moved to California with his family in 1945. He studied at Pasadena City College and went on to earn his MFA at Otis Art Institute in 1961, where he created collages and abstract paintings inspired by the landscape. In 1964 Zammitt turned from oil paint to acrylic plastic resin, producing box-like sculptures that explored color and transparency. By the early 1970s, he returned to painting, continuing his investigations of color relationships through precisely rendered striped paintings. Zammittʼs mathematical color combinations produce the illusion of deep dimensionality and dramatic optical effects. Zammittʼs painting North Wall (1977) was included in The Gettyʼs Pacific Standard Time exhibition in 2011.

Norman Zammitt

October 27 - December 15, 2012
Opens October 27, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views

Elusive Eureka 13
1977
acrylic on canvas board
6 x 9 inches

Elusive Eureka 13 1977 acrylic on canvas board 6 x 9 inches

Parabola II
1978
acrylic on canvas board
6 x 12 inches

Parabola II 1978 acrylic on canvas board 6 x 12 inches

Green One II
1975
acrylic on canvas board
16 x 12 inches

Green One II 1975 acrylic on canvas board 16 x 12 inches

Red to Green 
1975
acrylic on canvas board
5 x 7 inches

Red to Green 1975 acrylic on canvas board 5 x 7 inches

Black to White12, 1974 - 80. acrylic on canvas board. 8 x 10 inches

Black to White12, 1974 - 80. acrylic on canvas board. 8 x 10 inches

Diagonal I, 1979. acrylic on canvas board. 9 x 12 inches

Diagonal I, 1979. acrylic on canvas board. 9 x 12 inches

South Wall Triptych, 1976. acrylic on canvas board. 14 x 32 inches

South Wall Triptych, 1976. acrylic on canvas board. 14 x 32 inches

Elusive Eureka 5, 1977. acrylic on canvas board. 7 x 9 inches

Elusive Eureka 5, 1977. acrylic on canvas board. 7 x 9 inches

Grey - Green I, 1989. acrylic on canvas board. 8 x 10 inches

Grey - Green I, 1989. acrylic on canvas board. 8 x 10 inches


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