In his show Enjambment at Canada Gallery, Matt Connors paintings can be charming and refreshing but also exasperatingly clever. Connors builds his work from simple shapes that enact bizarre and engaging formal relationships. Quasi-geometric forms nuzzle together, long stripes come close without touching, and opaque rectangular brushmarks cluster in tenuous harmony.
Enantiomorphic Chamber is not a statement of purpose or a world-changing philosophy, but it does explore a visual idea that seems to open up much wider fields of inquiry all around it, and thats pretty exciting. An enantiomorph is a pair of asymmetrical figures that are mirror images of one another.
Born in Nagoya, Japan, Kuwayama came with his wife, the artist, Rakuko Naito, to the United States in 1958, roughly the same time as Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono. By 1960-61, he had already developed a reputation as a reductivist painter through his association with such important gallerists as Richard Bellamy and Bruno Bischofberger.
On March 6, Marcel Dzamas anticipated exhibition, Even the Ghost of the Past, opened at David Zwirner, marking the cresting of the neo-folk floodwaters. His work, once groundbreaking and as fresh as the air in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where hes from, now looks more familiar than ever.
Paintings by Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper Gallery summon several monumental streams of late twentieth century paintingcolor field, geometric abstraction, and even the less monumental Opto the side of an artist who somehow eludes categorization. The works are comprised of regular lines, grids or squares repeated in near-perfect regularity.
Born into an old Tuscan family in Brescia on September 11, 1914, he began to draw during his military service and made caricatures of his fellow soldiers. After World War II, he began to exhibit the works of Vedova and San Tomaso in his home in Villa Bonomese in Brescia.
The eternal return of the same is not metaphysics; its an aesthetic! The obsessive-compulsive busies herself frantically to insure that nothing happens, furiously weaving nets to bind trauma. That trauma is real life. Shock, lack, and the abyssal wail remain in force then wrest control, but such discord is not well captured by mere fracture.
Is Second Life merely an iconic simulation of commerce, privatization, and exclusivity or could it work as an engine for building social awareness? Attempts to awaken users to the concerns of real life by way of strife-free virtual worlds may seem counterintuitive at best.
Dave Miko offers perplexing painting for perplexed people, unsettling and comforting in the same tentative breath. Suffice it is to add that the paintings are quiet, unostentatious, and unpredictable, with the bulk of the show consisting of recently completed text-based paintings. The shimmering elegance of their surfaces is the result of oil paint on aluminum sheets.
From afar Ruth Roots painting is not easily recognizable as painting. Its slick surface calls to mind metal, plastic, or some unknown medium of the future. Ultra thin, brightly colored, variably shaped aluminum set flush against the gallery wall creates the impression of an object naturally merging with the wall space.
At the material level, a significant portion of the work featured in the exhibitfrom Ruben Ochoas uprooted chain link fence to Mika Tajimas bizarre pageant of shifting mirrors and distorted audiopursues an aesthetic of fragmentation, disjunction, or, in the case of Walead Beshtys safety laminate-encased, fractured glass boxes (an allusion to Duchamps damaged-in-transit The Large Glass?), just plain brokenness.
During the 20th century, while American artists did not generally take the countrys integrity for granted, they did tap the rich vein of its mythic virtue with a tacit understanding that it was not all illusory. In the mid-'50s, Jasper Johns adopted the American flag as the subject for a series of groundbreaking painterly meditations.
It seems my March column The Ethics of Aesthetics induced some urgent replies from a couple of the articles major players. In keeping with the Brooklyn Rails tradition of encouraging open discourse, these two letters are being published in their entirety.
Id bumped into this kid after closing time on a Sunday afternoon in the Killing Room at a Williamsburg gallery. Im usually running around looking at shows in the off-hours, trying to get an unobstructed view of the work. Seems young artists on the make have picked up on the idea, since its a great time to talk to exhausted gallerists wrapping up the weekend, their defenses down.
Its latest show, Flip, brings together two artists, Rachel Beach and Nora Herting, who are completely immersed in a world of decoration and design. While they share some commonalities, they diverge in their approach and success. Beach is a sculptor who excels in fashioning art out of the seemingly superficial world of veneers, but shallow her objects are not.
A work of this scale and audacity necessarily defies the ordinary tools of assessment; perhaps the most straightforward way to approach it is through the sources that Sullivan and her collaborators, composer Sean Griffin and choreographer Dylan Skybrook, have acknowledged in their writings.
Something of that porousness between machine and human is to be found in Lydia Donas most recent exhibition, which consists of one large, three-panel painting (seven feet high and sixteen feet wide) and four prints. The ostensible subject is what lies behind the surface of upscale, urban lives.
Ever since he completed his groundbreaking Flag (1954-55), Jasper Johns has persistently and, for many, annoyingly defined himself as an individual of no special merit, fixed identity, or authorial I, who stands outside both the Marxist definition of worker and the romanticized notion of the artist as hero.
These days you would think that the only woman artist over seventy-five is Louise Bourgeois. And yet, even if Leaf didnt pave anyones way, and was in fact a completely isolated figure, as she has been called by some observers, her workshe paints, draws, and makes sculpturesdemands far more attention than it has received.