Review

May 22, 2012, 11:00am

WESTERN PROJECT’s Brian Porray

The wide open space of Culver City’s WESTERN PROJECT is the perfect white-walled arena for Brian Porray’s (NAP #84 and #87) looming, neon, psychedelic architectural landscapes. - Ellen Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

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May 15, 2012, 8:20am

Sam Gordon at Feature Inc

Sam Gordon’s abstraction poses a photographer’s take on his show title, Trompe L’Oeil (On view at Feature Inc. through May 26th). A painter, photographer, and videographer, Gordon collects and weaves bits of the outside world, in his paintings of dust on mirrors and acrylic and bleach patterns on ratty quilts. Rather than the scrupulously reductive process of someone like Tony Matelli, though, Gordon’s spontaneity and raw materials feel like the naked cruise you get from a Wendy White or Terry Winters, or the anything-goes formalism of early experimental film.

Listed under: New York, Review

May 10, 2012, 8:30am

Stephanie Washburn’s “Twice Told” at Mark Moore Gallery

In “Twice Told,” Stephanie Washburn’s inaugural solo show at Mark Moore Gallery, Washburn creates a distinct and unusual medium through a combination of many.  Mixing paint, digital media, and everyday three-dimensional items, she creates the surface for and subject of her photographs.

In her “Reception” series, Washburn makes what she calls “television drawings” based off of her intervention and reinterpretation of pop culture images that act as a backdrop of her colorful photography. - Ellen C. Caldwell

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

May 09, 2012, 8:20am

Charlene Liu’s Triple Threat at Taylor De Cordoba

In her third solo show “Everywhere Close to Me” at Taylor De Cordoba, Charlene Liu creates and mediates really special moments with her works on paper.  Using delicate cutouts, overlapping and woven papers, and sculptural pigmented pulpy constructs, Liu creates a world that is both delicate and daring.

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

May 08, 2012, 8:30am

Bernard Chaet: When More is More

LewAllen Contemporary’s exhibition of paintings by American artist Bernard Chaet (b. 1924) features work from the 1960’s to the present. Keeping with LewAllen Contemporary’s penchant for expressive painters, this work is very formal and concerned almost exclusively with the materiality of paint on a surface. Known best for his landscape paintings, the subject matter of Chaet’s work at the gallery includes beaches, sea bathers, rocky coves, harbors clogged with boats, stormy horizons and a smattering of still lifes.

Listed under: Review, Santa Fe

May 04, 2012, 8:25am

Matthew Metzger’s “Backdrop” at Tony Wight Gallery

There’s no getting around the fact that Matthew Metzger makes difficult paintings. His may be among most difficult paintings I have ever seen, though the act of “seeing them” or “looking at them” is certainly not the difficult part. In his current exhibition at Tony Wight Gallery entitled, “Backdrop,” the artist presents a succinct seven paintings, rendered in the artist’s trademark, impeccable trompe l'oeil.

Listed under: Chicago, Review

May 02, 2012, 8:15am

ALL IN ONE: PAINTINGS BY REBECCA SHORE

In conjunction with an exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, Eight Modern Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), will show the paintings of Rebecca Shore (NAP #41) until May 5. This two-gallery exhibit, titled All in One, features about 50 paintings, 23 of which are at Eight Modern. - Read more by Jenni Higginbotham, Sante Fe Contributor, after the jump!

Listed under: Review, Santa Fe

April 30, 2012, 8:15am

Four Paintings at Regina Rex

The walls of Regina Rex have been taken over by four large, brightly-colored paintings, with luscious layers of thick and thin paint and most with elements of pure black. The paintings in the exhibition, Four Paintings (on view through June 3rd), are the kind of hate-it-or-love-it guilty pleasure that arouses a gut reaction and a tip-of-your-tongue familiarity. The gallery deems this an "unapologetic and visceral appeal to the viewer." It’s an interesting question, which I think Regina Rex is trying to ask: for what do these have to apologize? - Read the full review by NYC Contributor, Whitney Kimball, after the jump!

Listed under: New York, Review

April 27, 2012, 8:35am

Black and White and Red All Over: Denzil Hurley & Robert Storr

One would not expect to happen upon Robert Storrs paintings inside a small gallery in a residential neighborhood of Seattle.  Finding Storr’s paintings on the Internet is difficult enough, given the visual art behemoth’s repertoire of curatorial projects and writings. For the month of April, however, four modest works titled S.P.

Listed under: Review, Seattle

April 26, 2012, 8:30am

Shaken and Stirred: Jonas Wood at David Kordansky Gallery

Straight up, Jonas Wood’s solo show at the David Kordansky Gallery (through May 12th) is one of my favorite shows of 2012 thus far.  His larger-than-life, vibrant, and bright paintings are fetching, nostalgic, and cheerful.  They are not “cheerful” in a sickening, sugarcoated, Katy-Perry-esque way, but in one that is varied, unexpected, and welcome.  Some of the imagery and styles bring to mind childhood memories and the accompanying nostalgic feelings. - Ellen Caldwell, LA Contributor

Listed under: Los Angeles, Review

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