Increments Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Year
2015
Medium
Acrylic on Panel
Size
79.5 × 147 inches
201.93 × 373.38 cm
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66 small square panels, each painted with a single orthogonal, are installed in a precise grid: six high and ten across. The orthogonals are painted in flat, solid and specific colours with the area of each increasing incrementally from top down and left to right. "The multiple panel work, Increments, begins with the appearance of order and plays with the differences between change and progress, and order and chance. Internal forms follow two rules of change, from the upper left to the bottom right. In contrast to these rules of change, the 66 colours were randomly chosen, mostly consisting of mixes from earlier paintings. Incremental change sometimes appears as progress. Increments came about as a result of some less than optimistic musing on the task of effecting positive and meaningful (progressive) change." Milly Ristvedt, 2017 Early in her career in Toronto in the late 1960s, Ristvedt shared a studio with Canadian painter Jack Bush, met art critic Clement Greenberg and was inspired by American painters Jules Olitiski and Frank Stella. Ristvedt's work can be found in major public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, Harvard University, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and more. Her work has been included in many publications, including Nasgaard's Abstract Painting in Canada (2014). Ristvedt was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004 and honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Since 1968, Ristvedt has won seven Canada Council awards and two Ontario Arts Council awards. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions and been part of countless group shows.

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