Art Guerra: Pigment dispersion + binder + other stuff = an alternate universe

 Art Guerra at Sugar, installation view.

In Bushwick last week, I stopped by Sugar to see Art Guerra’s paintings. Guerra is the founder of Guerra Paint and Pigment in the East Village, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the best place for acrylic pigments and binders anywhere. I love the credo posted on their website: Pigment Dispersion + Binder = Paint, Paint + Thickener #1 = Very Thick Paint. In the studio, Guerra likes to experiment, using the brightest, rarest, most colorfast pigments, innovative binders and additives to create wild, glittery abstract paintings piled thick with gobs of beads, tire rubber and paint. Looking into the paintings is like staring into the cosmos. Images can’t do the work justice–you have to take a ride out to Bushwick before the show closes in early August. Also on view are Scott Espeseth‘s small, meticulous, pencil drawings which fuse whimsy with failure and disappointment.

Art Guerra, “Untitled (Blue Hyacinth); canvas, acrylic, urethane, glass beads, tire rubber, interference and magic effect pigments, pigment dispersions; 84″ x 64”

Art Guerra, “Untitled (Blue Hyacinth), detail.

“The Plot Thickens: Art Guerra and Scott Espeseth,” Sugar, Brooklyn, NY. Through August 6, 2011.

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