Ann Pibal’s refined geometric abstractions draw on references from the history of painting, design, and architecture, yet ultimately speak to the power of painting. For Pibal, painting is a way of thinking. Her concise compositions on aluminum revolve around notions of balance—of forms and complex color palettes as well as texture and brush stroke. Her surfaces hold palpable tension between near-pristine shapes of pure, uninterrupted color against fields of loosely applied paint which can convey a complex range of emotional and historical associations. In this, Pibal’s abstractions create allusive hints to narratives that speak of struggles and successes, of proposals both completed and still under construction.

The number of associative correspondences sparked by Pibal’s paintings expands even further through her enigmatic titles. Usually short groupings of upper-case letters, such as THFR, RFTS, or DLUV, they seem familiar (i.e.; RFTS can be rafts without the letter A), but, of course, are not. Instead the ambiguity of these monikers works in tandem with the unrelenting precision of the composition, resulting in an object that combines the seemingly repellant concepts of control and chance, association and alienation.

Ann Pibal’s work was included in The 2012 deCordova Biennial, organized by Dina Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman.

What does the prize mean to you?

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as the 2013 Rappaport Prize recipient. The award will be of absolutely enormous assistance, both practically and as an accolade, as I continue with my studio projects. I am very grateful to Phyllis and Jerry Rappaport and deCordova for their generosity, and am entirely impressed by this very important commitment to acknowledge and foster artists and the arts generally.”

Where is she now?

Born 1969 in Minneapolis, MN, Ann Pibal lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and North Bennington, Vermont. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues in the United States and Europe, including: Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston; MoMA PS1, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Feature Inc., Max Protetch Gallery, Meulensteen, Paula Cooper Gallery, ZieherSmith, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, The Suburban, Chicago; Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam; Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf; and de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich. Pibal is in the permanent collections of several major museums, including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut.