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Week #18

Untitled (Red Circle and Rectangle with Yellow, Blue and Black), 1976. tempera on board, 11” x 8”. Paul Bongé Collection

Dusti Bongé’s output of work during the 1970s includes a lot of small to medium sized works on paper where she is experimenting with various color compositions. Her work is still completely abstract but the style has changed subtlety.

Retaining her bold expressive strokes, Dusti now starts to use them in a way that  suggests more distinctive shapes or forms than in her earlier works. These forms, although mostly non-representational, nonetheless offer the viewer something concrete to focus on. They are familiar shapes like circles, or rectangles, or trapezoids, or totems. They set up a certain foreground-background interplay, given that as figures they inherently demand a ground. In addition, they interact through their relative positions to one another, creating tension, or movement, or depth. 

In this work the red “rectangle” and red circle with its yellow interior appear together as focal elements in the composition. They are prominently present in the middle ground, although the yellow spills out the back of the circle, though in front of the rectangle's right side. The red, heavy, horizontal line below this focal group, in the immediate foreground, almost sets up a sense of perspective, with the black totems in the upper right, and the one behind the rectangle, contributing to that perception of depth. Thus with a few gestures Dusti Bongé has created a powerful interplay between her various markings on the paper.

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