Roman Verostko: The Search for Pure Form / Ongoing
We think things out and our logic fails us; we have marvelous feelings and emotional leaps; we follow them and they too leave us incomplete. My paintings are spontaneous emotion; they are also calculated precision; they search to resolve oppositions in a visual dialogue; they are born from the belief that we are growing to a great love that will resolve the ambiguous and deliver us to Peace.
- Roman J. Verostko, December 21, 1964
Since the mid-1950s Roman Verostko has interrogated the process of creating completely abstract works emphasizing the need for balance between the rational and irrational, impulsivity and control. Rather than imaging a singular story or narrative, works on view in this exhibition reflect the process by which humans make decisions; each a meditation on the indelible tensions between reason and feeling.
Above: Roman Verostko, American, b. 1929, The New City Grows, 1965, mixed media on primed wood panel. Alice Wagstaff and Roman Verostko Legacy Collections. Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.