Guest contributor Jonathan Stevenson / “Something Naught,” the new group show at Centotto, Paul D’Agostino’s redoubtable Bushwick salon, gathers four abstract artists who take very different approaches to resolving surfaces. The fact that surfaces themselves have aesthetic value in paintings sets painting apart from, say, digital work. So deciding how to exploit the surface of a painting to establish and convey content is key to realizing that painting’s full expressive potential. D’Agostino, with this clever selection, offers a trenchant visual essay on the full range of conventional strategies, variations thereon, and more experimental approaches.
[Image at top: Christopher Dunlap. Dunlap's solo show "Deep Space / Shallow Grave," opens tonight at GCA in Bushwick.]