For Elizabeth Gilfilen
painting is a collision, an aggressive search in which the object and
maker are intimately, irrovocably entwined. Gilfilen’s exploration of
piercing color and gestural abstraction continues in her exhibition of
new large-scale work at Gallery Aferro this month. In many of her
untitled paintings (sorry I can’t refer to specific ones) Gilfilen
wrestles images from a thicker scrum of agitated brushwork than in
previous work, but in other less vigorously-worked paintings like “Sit”
and “Cricket Fix” a more relaxed direction emerges. Gilfilen is the
opposite of a casualist–clearly
she likes a good skirmish–and her new paintings look terrific–bolder
and more challenging than earlier work. “Two Moons,” the title of the
exhibition, refers to recent evidence that the earth used to have two
orbiting masses which eventually became unstable and merged into one.
But I imagine they didn’t go without a long and interesting struggle.
“Elizabeth Gilfilen: Two Moons,” Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Through December 17, 2011.