Clare Grill, "Tape," 2011, oil on linen, 11 x 11."
Clare Grill, "Gimcrack, 2011, oil on linen, 20 x 19."
This week I saw a few of Clare Grill's paintings at "A Review," Edward Thorp's eclectic group painting show that's up through July 29. Grill relies on small scale and sensitive brushwork to capture intimate and seemingly incidental details from everyday life, but sometimes her imagination runs off with the image. A head may develop two faces, or a wood grain might float off a door. Grill's new work is moving in an interesting, less nostalgic, more abstract direction than previous work, some of which was based on old family photographs. Maybe Grills, who graduated from Pratt's MFA program in 2005, has realized that the present turns into the past soon enough.
Clare Grill, "Yoke," 2010, oil on linen, 12 x 12."
Clare Grill, "Map," 2010, oil on linen, 21 x 25."
"A Review,"Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY. Artists include Patrick Brennan, Rosanna Bruno, Neil Farber, Clare Grill, Judith Linhares, Paul Pagk, Judy Simonian, and Andrew Spence. Through July 29, 2011.
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