Kristen Mills: Plausible hope

Contributed by Zach Seeger / Kristen Mills’s “Believability” is a richly constructed, well-meaning, humorous-but-not installation of videos, sculpted environments, and cacophonous formal musings on the difficulty of personal and professional perseverance in an uncertain time. Just prior to our current collective crises came a burgeoning Chicago Imagist-inspired painting moment, formal and figurative, that seemed a … read more… “Kristen Mills: Plausible hope”

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Paige Beeber: Transient future

Contributed by Zach Seeger / The novel coronavirus has prompted a slowdown in global commerce. While temporary, it comes at a time of overarching uncertainty in the global art market, with political instability, climate change, and non-Amazon retail suffering. How will artists respond to a shifting world that requires adaptation, especially given that Instagram and … read more… “Paige Beeber: Transient future”

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Essex Flowers: Waiting to be activated

It saved me once too often,You’d never know how often.I’ve pictured you in coffins:My baby in a coffin.But I love it when you blink your eyes. — Distortions, by Clinic Contributed by Zach Seeger / How do we know we’re still alive? Reverse Marie Kondo: the accumulation of our stuff; at least this was how … read more… “Essex Flowers: Waiting to be activated”

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Andrew Woolbright: Shrinebeasts

Contributed by Zach Seeger / In Andrew Woolbright’s current show “Expresso Your Depresso,” at ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, the artist creates a series of mixed media pieces that fill the space with exuberant painting and billowing melancholy. Reminiscent of the imagined ghost ships of Fellini’s Juliette of the Spirits, Woolbright’s paintings are amalgams of the untethered, ribbony … read more… “Andrew Woolbright: Shrinebeasts”

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Dana Schutz, jogging alongside the train wreck

Contributed by Zach Seeger / In her new work on view at Petzel through February 23, Dana Schutz finds herself wielding the brush of post recession rapture painting, a condition of exhaustive, Beckett-like inevitability where the steady drip of bad news informs our social media feeds. She imagines the world outside her studio, empathizing with the toilers of pathological banality while depicting … read more… “Dana Schutz, jogging alongside the train wreck”

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