Sunday, May 08, 2016

Fleet yet Dense in Bushwick: Brown, Burton, Weiss

Took a quick trip to Bushwick, last day to see Deborah Brown and Richmond Burton at Art 3, a gallery that features a library as well as its exhibitions.
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Here, detail of Brown's Yellow Gloves in her exhibition, Parlor Games. 

I've been watching the development of Brown's paintings on social media and wanted to see them, because I have not for a while. They are small, on panel, with fast brushwork, like a sped-up Whistler. This lovely passage washed out in the camera but in ttruth, the black is varnished, and used to edit the light passages as well as for a background. 

Construction and release is the true parlor game, which the subjects reference, both obviously and subtly. 

In the front room, Richmond Burton also develops compositions with marks.
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Nubby canvas, scraped paint, penciled notations and finally marks,  in bronze and silver,  dancing over the surface.

The marks are different weights and sizes, though omni-directional. I have been thinking about the double directions of marks in Asian painting lately...regardless, there is pleasure in watching the color glide over the nubby surfaces.


There is something almost slapdash about how these paintings are made.

But then I wonder how on earth he arrived in such a teeming landscape.

Jessica Weiss at Outlet. Her wallpaper paintings are of special interest and are a theme she's been mining for years. The way she makes them is physical, somatic--like how some experience life through their bodies.  Weiss works that way, alike a construction worker scaffolding material fearlessly, even recklessly.
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Jessica Weiss, detail, Pin the Tail on the Tiger - cardboard...on printed canvas...on a heavy burlap...with pushpins....

The physicality of these paintings is sumptuous

thumbtack - and why not?!

I did back up! Here is the whole painting~

More details - Dressed to Kill, 2016

This pleated, silkscreened canvas tacked to the painting surface just kills me

Doubled marks: painting as screen print

The full painting. Love her research, humor, process. 

There are two banners of digitally printed screen printed wallpaper, atop which are a number of drawings. Several could be considered exhibition mascots, including this one. By the way: this exhibition will be reviewed by the Review Panel at the Brooklyn Museum Tuesday night, May 11th. 


Ann Knickerbocker said...

Love the Deborah Brown! And your photos! Thank you.

ec said...

Ann Knickerbocker, Peter Malone of Hyperallergic wrote a wonderful summary of these works. The link is: