By Orion Wetz
Brooklyn-based Filipino American artist Paolo Arao works in fabric, creating brightly colored, formally preoccupied compositions. He selects cloth remnants and carefully stitches them together into precise geometric arrangements. These arrangements are then stretched over frames, much in the way that canvas is stretched over a frame to create a painting. Paolo Arao: In Dialog with Drawing at the Columbus Museum joins thirteen of Arao’s personal works with the artist’s own selections from the museum’s permanent collection. For Arao, the intimate nature of his material is a way to employ formal abstraction without the coldness or distance of minimal work.