[Image at top: Claire Grill, Fan, 2013, oil on linen, 10 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Soloway.]
According to curator John O'Donnell:
The works answer these questions in three ways, first by referencing the limitations of their structures (“the frame”), second by exploiting the physicality of their surfaces (“the canvas”) and third by employing painterly strategies that enter the arena of the aesthetic realm (“the concept or idea”). Breaking down a painting into its anatomical parts—“bones,” “flesh” and “brain,” the exhibition recasts these concrete terms more playfully.Artist include Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, and Tatiana Berg.
The stake of this show is to recognize a painting that might appear lazy, hip or naïve as a measured strategy or intelligent vehicle for challenging the tradition of what it means to be a painting. These artists trouble the notion that a painting must be a stoic representation of reality. Rather, they pursue casual abstraction as a method for depicting “reality” by questioning recognizable material, concepts and everyday forms.
Sharon Butler, Air, 2013; pigment and binder, pencil on linen tarp; 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Pocket Utopia.
Installation view of Tatiana Berg's "Tent" paintings. Courtesy of Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden.
Deborah Dancy, Gates of Paradise, 2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Sears-Peyton.
Zachary Keeting, March (1), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 54 inches. Courtesy of Fred Giampietro.
Smart Painting," curated by John O'Donnell. Artspace, New Haven, CT. February 7 through March 22, 2014.
Note that on Tuesday, March 4, In addition to an artists' talk for the show, Sharon Louden and Sharon Butler (me) will be holding a conversation and booksigning for Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by Forty Working Artists. Louden edited the book and I contributed an essay.
Thomas Miccelli: Questions for Casualists (2013)
Closing reception this week: Lost & Found (2009)
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