The serene palette of this painting disguises its illusory nature. The emulsive quality of the thinly poured oil paint suggests chemical reactions on the translucent ground layer. With its chipped angle points, the hovering triangle acts as an architectural folly with the “support” of one delicate neon line. This painting combines chance-based “pouring” methods with intentionally flat, graphic areas of paint. Multiple layers of thinned pigment fade into one another, suggesting a space that is both formed and unformed. The result is a work that’s about material presence and visual oscillation. This composition is part of a series of small paintings by the artist that explores perception and ways of seeing. McNeil is a process-driven painter whose work addresses being both in and out of control.
Marcelyn McNeil creates both intimate- and large-scale oil abstractions that evolve primarily through pouring methods. Adopting a lyrical call-and-response attitude toward process, the artist uses multiple layers, stains, and bleeds of thinned pigment that fade into one another—suggesting a space that is both formed and unformed. McNeil’s quietly subversive work experiments with illusion, perspective and color to create a place for unmediated introspection.