In recent years, Fountain has adapted the practice of painstakingly constructing (in drawing) a single composition and painting it over and over again, exploring shifts in scale, color, edges, and degrees of abstraction. With a close eye toward the works and theory of Josef Albers, Fountain’s current room-with-a-view motif explores how color shifts vastly alter our perception of a single depicted scene. He aims not at mimetic color, but at creating an independent color-world that metaphorically alludes to real light and shadow on forms.
Fountain’s current project is scheduled for exhibition at the Froelick Gallery (Portland, Or), June 2017. Following this exhibit, Fountain will spend 2 months as artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, which houses many of Albers’ “Homage to the Square” works. There he will continue his explorations of abstraction, depiction, and color.