October 6, 2007

Painted word and reductive abstraction in Philadelphia

"Anthony Campuzano: Note on Door," Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Through Oct. 27. "Kevin Finklea: I know what I want and I'm certain I can't have it," Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Through Oct. 27.

Edith Newhall reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Campuzano's paintings convey a sense of potential menace lurking in their background, and each is different from the other and vaguely reminiscent of the works of such painters as Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, and Piet Mondrian - enough so you wonder if Campuzano's project is actually about the viability of painting in the 21st century, and whether he has tweaked the 'dead man' of the original note into a reference to famously groundbreaking artists, dead and alive....At Pentimenti Gallery, the partly translucent paintings on acrylic panels in the gallery's Project Room, from Finklea's 'Empty Pages' and 'White Room' series, are the most obviously transcendent works here, however, seemingly hovering on the walls and achieving precisely what Finklea describes as their inspiration - trips on a high-speed train over the Chesapeake Bay, and the sensation of floating they induced." Read more.

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