Saturday, November 28, 2015

More Surface

Barbara Rossi at the New Museum. Acrylic on two-sided plexi.

Rossi, Imagst and SAIC Professor, showing works from the 70s in the exhibitions space on the ground floor.

These gleam and it is hard to get the color, but Rossi's love for Indian painting is clear. She authored a book on the subject in 2000. See the link here:

Rossi drawing. 

Not only an incredible eye, mind and hand, but a fabulous person and teacher.  A bow to you, Barbara Rossi.

At Fergus McCaffrey, Sadamasa Motonaga.

Motonaga was a member of the Gutai group.

In addition to these airbrush and acrylic paintings he wrote children's books!

This is work he made in New York when he visited in the 1970s.

The show is not aesthetically as focused as presented so far: many works are shown together.

But these airbrush characters are favorites.

Frank Owen at Nancy Hoffman

Owen works in Keene, NY. His studio there is palatial; I visited this summer. He is an aficionado and expert with acrylic paint.

This new work shows a slipping away from his fealty to the grid.

Alexi Worth interviewed Owen for the Brooklyn Rail. Read it here:

Simon Hantai (1992-2008), "Blancs," at Kasmin.

These are canvases that have been folded, and the exterior of the fold painted with acrylic.

They are then unfolded to create patterns.

Consequently the texture of each painting is rippled, raw and topographical with respect to the process of its making.

There was a show of his "pliages" at Muchnin earlier this spring.

Mary Jones watercolor from 2008, in the exhibition "Beyond Decoration: Identity,  Expression and Adornment in Art," at Hudson Guild, organized by Jim Furlong.

Early indications of painterly surfaces in Jones' current Xray portraits (previous post): exuberant splashes, the shift between photographic image and paint, doubling the image in ways. 

Also, a  halo effect from spray paint in subsequent works.

Mary Jones, detail

In the same show, technological shards by Gabriel J. Schuldiner.  

He trademarked these works as hybridsculpturalpaintings.

Excessive surfaces - when to stop?

Hudson Guild

Caroll Dunham's exhibition at Barbra Gladstone

The X painting

Reams of drawings showing how he got there

An exhibition about process

As well as surface

Echoed shapes, rendered like drawings

Often including drawing

A lovely, self-contained landscape by Caroll Dunham

Last call: Beatriz Milhazes at Cohan (Chelsea)

Blunt crazy surfaces that are literally painted and collaged together

The work is dense, direct

And at Ed Thorpe, a lovely group exhibition, Receptive Fields.
This is Sara Faux, fresh from Yale, MFA 2015

Detail - crazy and lovely shifts

Sarah Faux, eye painting

Clint Jukkala - the way these are painted is spellbinding. Moats filled in with color. Edges crisp and perfect while the prime sails on in another direction below. Scraping into gestures at counterpoint, creating a symphonic effect. There is another ending this post down below; uploading in batches puts the images out of order.

From Tom McGlynn's recently closed exhibition "Minimax" at Bullet Space.
I did not know that Don Voisine painted on styrofoam surfaces as well as wood , and it thrills me to see these pristine compositions on such quotidian grounds.

In the front of the gallery's three rooms, buoyant work by Mary McDonnell, a veteran painter heretofore unknown to me.

Humorously playing with several Tom McGlynn paintings behind.

A photogram by Tenesh Webber, in which the center becomes a void, exploded.

As promised, the fugitive Jukkala from Thorpe. In this painting, which is larger than this image suggests, the circles around the eyes are so flawlessly painted I could never find the lifting of the brush on the left one. Also, there is a spatial corral around the shoulders of this figure, that does not at all communicate in the image, but in real life is gorgeous. There is time to see the show--it closes December 5.