Gregg Museum of art & design

Sequence of Impressions:

The Work of Douglas Gorsline, 1946 to 1981

June 17 – October 2, 2010


Reception: July 25, 2010 | 2-4pm;

Lecture with Marie Gorsline at 2pm


Douglas Gorsline’s work was affected by the emotional power of what he saw and heard. Gorsline was a keen observer and his work demonstrates strong abstract qualities, which mirror the Cubism avant-garde movement of the 20th century. He fragments the bodies of musicians and athletes, landscapes and still lifes to give the viewer a sense of movement. Gorsline painted his subjects in a way that implied that a sequence of events could be taking place simultaneously, while events that occurred simultaneously could be shown as sequences (he called this sequential simultaneity). A sequence of impressions of a person painted on a canvas could represent this person moving in and establishing himself in space in a moment of time or represent the decomposition of a seemingly instantaneous movement. By deconstructing a single subject or action Douglas Gorsline’s paintings give the viewer a multi-faceted view of his world.