Carole Ann Klonarides, curator, arts writer, consultant based in Los Angeles 2015.
In an age of high definition and digital imagery, the paintings of Truman Marquez are of such volumetric and optical form, that they appear to have been created on the computer screen rather than with oils on canvas. Essential to Marquez’s pictorial strategy is his ability to organize patterning with spatial perceptions of movement, animating the forms as if under extreme pressure within the frame and giving each picture the experience of “time” rather than narrative. The patterning, labeled “Pattern & Decoration” in the 70s, now is about resolution; each detail is a moving bit, or a “moment” of the picture, which seen as a whole gives a three-dimensional effect. Using a limited palette of three or more colors, the union of solid forms and ethereal light vibrates with intensity.