In the Gorky's Granddaughter interview with Thomas Nozkowski that I posted last week, Nozkowski said he never uses tape or rulers to draw his lines because he believes that painters should work to their "level of performance." I saw two shows this weekend that reminded me of this: Todd Chilton at Feature and Amy Feldman at Blackston.
At Feature, Chilton presents vibrantly colored, small-scale geometric abstraction. He writes in his statement that "meaning comes through determined imprecision, broken or sagging structures and the obvious hand that created the painting." So true. Although the painterliness doesn't read in JPEGs, his work is both charming and anarchic, breathing life into the overly familiar triangle motif.
Next post: Amy Feldman at Blackston.
"Todd Chilton: Steady," Feature, Inc., Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through June 30, 2012.
When the personal infiltrates the formal (2011)
Todd Chilton: accepting imperfection (2007)
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