PAUL CORIO at McKenzie

Paul Corio, Sugar Beach, 2015, 92 3/4 x 66 1/2 inches, acrylic on canvas

This is the last week to see Paul Corio's exhibition of new paintings at McKenzie Fine Art, through March 13, 2016. This vibrant and beautifully installed show explores the capricious nature of color, employing both chance and intuition to create configurations that trigger full tilt chromatic dynamism. There is an element of obsessiveness in the complexity of Corio's compositions, and the depth to which he explores the nuances of color relations. But more prominent is a sense of playfulness, of reveling in the realization of endless possibilities. To this end, Corio masterfully devises systems as frameworks within which Cagean operations can be set in motion. The results are startling and beautiful arrays of seemingly random color relations, activated by their integration into clearly organized rhythmic structures. In this way, these works mirror and amplify natural, cognitive, and technological processes -- making visible some of the fundamental impulses of existence. 

Paul Corio, Fuchsia Swing Song, 2015, 60 x 48 inches, acrylic on canvas 

Paul Corio, Moscow Rules, 2015, 72 x 42 inches, acrylic on canvas

Paul Corio, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, 2015, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas