Katherine W. Hart and Eric Aho
Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College 2016, 24 pages
Vermont-based artist Eric Aho’s series of Ice Cuts paintings is inspired by the hole cut in the ice in front of a Finnish sauna. The central abstract form in these compositions provides the structure for experimentation with paint texture, surface, and subtly nuanced color, lending these frozen scenes both an austere beauty and a particular vibrancy. This brochure accompanies the first exhibition to bring together the major paintings in this decade-long series, along with smaller, related works on paper. Kathy Hart’s essay situates the series within Aho’s oeuvre, and an interview with the artist explores his creative process.