Each month Giampietro Gallery pairs painters for concurrent solo shows, and through October 5 Zachary Keeting and Clare Grill have work on display. Grill, whose paintings were recently included in “Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York,” draws on history, making lovingly eroded small-scale canvases that abstractly illuminate aspects of the simpler life–carving, darning–that frames and affirms their resonance today. Keeting is all about bold color and surface, creating energetic abstractions using masking, pouring, and blotting strategies to flatten the brushstrokes and keep the lively surfaces lean.
I come to each piece differently, sometimes by looking at my things, or out the window, or at pictures of familiar places, or old drawings, or other times by reading a string of words I’ve copied down somewhere. I mess with the images these thoughts cook up, layering and wearing them away. I’ve become less concerned with image really, and more with just painting. The image surfaces according to the way the paint looks like it feels to touch.
Clare Grill, Darning, 2013, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches.
Zachary Keeting, August (1) , 2013, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 36 inches.
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“Clare Grill: Steeped,” Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT. Through October 5, 2013.