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“Marc Ross’s work gives us a glimpse of another place, maybe a dream or a far-off reality. Drawing the viewer in with his quiet and soothing oceans of blue and green, suddenly shapes appear just out of focus, sometimes menacing, other times warm and comforting. These works are richly layered, cleverly composed and subtle in every way.”
Darren Baker, Associate Artistic Director, Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center
From a review of The Painted Surface; Schumacher Gallery; Capital University, curated by Nannette Maciejunes, director of collections and exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art:
“The show’s most striking piece is Marc Ross’s Donut Suspended. It may not be about layers, but it’s beautiful almost beyond words. Looming large over the viewer, seamless gradations of blues and greens form an expanse of water, or sky. In the bottom right is a hazy, ring-like shape that appears to float. Or is it sinking?
At once, the image is inviting and intimate, suffocating and hopeless. The ring is visible, but obscured and impossible to reach. It’s trapped.
Overwhelmed by all the blue, I felt the same way. From far away, the ring beckons, begs to be inspected. Up close, however, it remains fuzzy, like in a dream. It made me physically uncomfortable at points, yet it was irresistible. Truly sublime.”
Jenny Young; The Other Paper
“His current body of work continues in his luminous, abstract style. He uses airbrushes, brushes, rags, and sponges—anything he can get his hands on— to create these most colorful and tranquil works”
Melinda Greenberg; The Baltimore City Paper