Jeremy Rabus’s goal is to question and manipulate the principles of optics within the confines of paint’s materiality. Paint’s purpose is to apply color to a surface, and he explores how its physical properties — opacity, translucence, its runniness or viscous feel — affect that purpose.
Occasionally, an accident occurs, like a stray dribble or a failure to place a perfect curve. These imperfect aspects of painting often present a greater opportunity to advance the piece.
In his most recent work, he applies a hue, often chosen arbitrarily, as an organic shape or taped off geometrically, and then plays other colors against it — layering, concealing, accumulating passages and adjusting various combinations until he achieves the “yes” moment.