Tag: James J.A. Mercer

Solo Shows

Jennifer Coates and the landscape’s afterglow

Contributed by James J. A. Mercer / Mythological characters and creatures from antiquity populate Jennifer Coates’s beguiling solo show “Lesser Gods of Lakewood, PA” at High Noon Gallery on the Lower East Side. Dryads (wood nymphs) peer out of underbrush. Layers of washy acrylic carve out sapphire chambers for bacchanals. An LED Diana hunts herds. The references are not only mythological, however. The figures’ proportions and contours trace long paths through art history, from Greco-Roman sculpture to Matisse’s nudes.

Solo Shows

Annette Hur: Painful, elegant mortality

Contributed by James J.A. Mercer / There is an undeniable lushness to the paintings and textiles in Annette Hur’s solo show “Watching from the Other Side” at Hesse Flatow in Chelsea. Elegant shapes shine through dappled light and leaves. Oils blur, drip, or dive across the surface at wild angles. But discolorations and deformations suggest that something is unresolved, something is in process.