Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Cult film auteur Guillermo del Toro, director and co-writer of the triumphant The Shape of Water, sees 1962, in which it is set, as a historical hinge point. It was the first (and last) full year of Kennedy’s Camelot and the final year of America’s perceived (if delusional) postwar idyll … read more… “Art & Film: Liquid asset in The Shape of Water”

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Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In her ninth solo show at Greene Naftali, Jacqueline Humphries presents ten towering canvases that grapple with our relationship to digital technology and the overwhelming nature of the “data surround.” For this new body of work, the artist has translated her earlier paintings into ASCII, a character-based image encoding system developed in the 1960s, and … read more… “Jacqueline Humphries: The Matrix meets Cy Twombly”

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Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina: Standing their ground

Contributed by Marjorie Welish / “Synchronicity: A State of Painting” an exhibition featuring work by Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina, on view at Lennon, Weinberg through December 23, demonstrates that two artists standing their aesthetic ground can produce an uncommonly interesting pairing and debate. Though these two artists both have a schematic approach, their diagrammatic abstractions are situated in … read more… “Roy Dowell and Richard Kalina: Standing their ground”

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Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision

Contributed by Sharon Butler / In his second solo at Fredericks & Freiser, Cary Smith presented a new group of his signature hard-edged abstractions. These feature bold color and variations on two themes: the mandala (geometry) and the portrait (humanism). Made with tiny sable brushes without the aid of masking tape, Smith’s paintings, conjuring an unusual combination of joyfulness … read more… “Cary Smith’s hand-painted precision”

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Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas

Since her last residency at Two Coats HQ in DUMBO, Erin Wiersma has discovered the Konza Prairie, a biological research station jointly owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. Wiersma uses the bio-char from controlled burns of prairie tallgrass to create large drawings on site. Traversing the scorched landscape, which is off limits to the general public, … read more… “Two Coats resident artist Erin Wiersma returns from Kansas”

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Lauren Luloff: Drawing (with bleach) from life

Contributed by Eileen Jeng Lynch / Harking back to the Impressionists, Lauren Luloff has begun painting from life, focusing on light, color, and the world around her. The new work has an atmospheric quality, nicely showcased by the light-filled space at Ceysson & Bénétière on Madison Avenue last month. The exhibition comprised paintings and wall-mounted ceramic works that explored the relationship … read more… “Lauren Luloff: Drawing (with bleach) from life”

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Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes

Contributed by Sharon Butler / Tom McGlynn’s enigmatically reductive paintings are a study in subtle contrasts between systematization and autonomy, order and disarray. Horizontal rectangles of various sizes and colors are rendered on a monochromatic surface, each with immaculately straight edges and carefully painted a solid color. Yet these shapes, while neat and precise in … read more… “Tom McGlynn: Liberating geometric shapes”

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Studio visit with Peter Schenck

Contributed by Julia Gray / Painter Peter Schenck combines hard-edge abstraction with gestural brushwork and vivid color to create densely patterned scenes that capture a cast of characters caught in awkward moments. Almost collage-like in concept and practice, his paintings merge elements from his own life and imagination with found images and fragments from his … read more… “Studio visit with Peter Schenck”

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Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont

Contributed by Dian Parker / Vermont artist Laurie Sverdlove has been painting for four decades. In high school she took classes at the Art Students League in New York City and earned her MFA from UC Berkeley in California, where she studied  with Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff. After completing her PhD coursework in Russo-Iranian History at the University of Pennsylvania, Sverdlove lived in India for three years, eventually … read more… “Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont”

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Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room

Contributed by Dion Kliner / A preamble: An elephant in a living room, as unlikely as it is to find one there, would never be mistaken for a couch. That is something of the situation that Jeremy Hof’s work puts one in; forcing the unfortunate necessity of bringing up the question of a particular piece being either painting or … read more… “Jeremy Hof: The elephant In the room”

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