Many of the paintings in Harmonics appear to be color studies – and they are perhaps primarily about color. But this series is also deeply sensory and, of course, alludes to music. Each visual composition carries within it a particular reverberation, a resonance that relates to the color harmony within it. As we spend more time looking, we might even feel it: a hum within the body.
In practicing the art of optical color mixing, Auger uses only red, green, blue, white, and black in his paintings. Areas that appear to be orange and yellow are only so in the eye, not in reality. In many works in the series, Auger has poured optical glass spheres over a heavy-bodied oil paint, a technique that adds another layer of experience to the paintings – that of reflected light as you move around them.