Wendell Gladstone, "Devolution," 2010, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60"
Wendell Gladstone, "Mob," 2010, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60."
Wendell Gladstone, "Headdress," 2010, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48"
This week in New York Jerry Saltz gives Wendell Gladstone's show at Kravets/Wehby a shout. Gladstone (b. 1972), who lives and works in LA, had a solo show at Roberts & Tilton in 2003. "Gladstone's amazingly intricate, highly crafted, fantastically fussy paintings look more like little slideshows or homemade magic-lantern lectures. His overall images of nuns, bums, sailfish, and soldiers never seem as important as the jigsaw-puzzle or stained-glass-window configurations of pure color, built-up areas of silhouetted figures, airbrushed faces, and other techniques that send the eye racing around his surfaces, trying to take it all in. One looks at this work wishing someone would give Gladstone a huge museum wall and let him rip."
In September, Beautiful Decay featured a visit to Wendell's studio to check out work for the show. Here are a few images of Gladstone and some work in progress..
"Wendell Gladstone: D.O.A., S.O.S., Etc.," Kravets/Wehby, New York, NY. Through November 13, 2010.