Posts Tagged ‘abstraction’

Deeply Concentric: An Interview with Yael Kanarek

Yael Kanarek. Installation view (l-r): Sanctify Thyself No. 1; Deeply Concentric; Perpetual Dream Catcher; all 2013. Photo by John Berens. Image courtesy bitforms gallery nyc.

Yael Kanarek is interested in the signs and systems that we use to quantify and communicate knowledge, specifically words and numbers. She focuses on the spaces where meaning is conveyed or lost as it passes through cultural and disciplinary frameworks, while her work fluctuates between painting, sculpture, and time-based interactivity. She has exhibited at The Drawing Center and in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and has received numerous awards,[…..]

Painter of History

Painting has been around for a while, haven’t you heard? So it’s no surprise when a new show can set off a flurry of historical associations and still appear to be of its own time. Jon Pestoni’s exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Shane Campbell gallery does just that. Pestoni’s paintings bare a superficial resemblance to work by Gehard Richter. The vertical and horizontal movement[…..]

The Scattered Geometries of Matt Phillips

canadian sunrise:ds

This, and then. It’s the title of Matt Phillips’ latest exhibition and a useful shorthand for the mental quick march a viewer undergoes when observing his work. Through his abstract oil and acrylic paintings, Phillips plays with color, form, and volume—the building blocks of our artistic experience—to create dynamic, shifting spatial relationships. His canvases evoke, simultaneously, the calm beauty of the natural world, the randomness[…..]

Camaraderie on canvas

When I think of Jackson Pollock, I picture him working alone in his studio in East Hampton slinging paint across a canvas on the ground, oblivious to the art world around him. It’s easy to forget that the personal lives and relationships of artists deeply influenced their work, a topic brought to the forefront in Angels, Demons and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet on view now[…..]

A Sense of Noir: Bill Armstrong at ClampArt

Untitled (Film Noir #1414), Type-C print, 2012.

Standing before the photographs from Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series, resistance is futile. Intense washes of color and uncertain, alluring forms beckon yet elude one’s grasp, and the encounter between viewer and work becomes a question not of looking but, more powerfully, of experiencing. Critical distance is collapsed, vision becomes a channel for sensation, and image expands into an all-encompassing, alternative reality. Such is the effect[…..]

Revelations in Paint

Prior to this exhibition, I associated Jules Olitski with his stained color field canvases from the early 1960s. But like my experience of most solo exhibitions, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the dramatic range of paintings he produced throughout his nearly fifty-year career. Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski at American University Museum walks the viewer through Olitski’s creative evolution as an abstract artist,[…..]

Macho Boogie-Woogie in Mexico

Adrian S. Bara sculpture installation, Cafe Benito, 2012

It’s a rainy summer night in Guadalajara. Zooming through the dark, the jeep I’m riding in feels more like a powerboat as it leaves a black wake in the flooded streets. This ain’t no British rain – and thank God for that. (I’ve had enough drizzle for two lifetimes.) Palm fronds shake and the heavy rain suddenly turns to hail. The frothy water in the[…..]