September 25, 2008

Tom Schmitt at Howard Scott

In The Village Voice, RC Baker reports that Schmitt's years of painting make all the difference in these digitally-created formalist compositions. "The four orange squares in 'Quad' (2005) are divided by a gray grid; the transition between the two colors is as smoothly elusive as the intersections of colored light in Dan Flavin's fluorescent-tube sculptures. Although these small works are wrought with a computer and Epson printer, they convey a physicality that calls to mind Rothko's mystical joins of oil paint. While tools and materials change, there's no substitute for a patient eye, and Schmitt's been a painter for more than 40 years. Unlike most images disgorged from circuitry nowadays, these have the imposing beauty that comes only from experience."

"Tom Schmitt: Works on Paper, 1960-2008," Howard Scott, New York, NY. Through October 4.

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