A few weeks ago, Cary Smith sent me an email with a link to Australian artist Andy Boot's work. A scroll through his page on the Croy Nielsen website reveals how the Casualist approach can serve a transitional purpose for individual artists. Boot made loosely stretched canvas pieces back in 2008, but by 2013 had begun making freestanding objects out of wood and metal. Now he seems to have returned to a more minimal painting approach -- albeit with more traditional supports -- applying small squiggly watercolor lines to mostly empty canvas. Perhaps this reversion to custom indicates an engagement with the art market's embrace of what Walter Robinson, writing at Artspace, recently dubbed "Zombie Formalism."
[Image above: Andy Boot, Reasons to Buy in Bulk, 2008, oil, acrylic, markers, and canvas on wood. Image courtesy of Croy Nielsen.]