Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Studio Visit 1 - 1

Paul Booker, Button Forms: Reds and Oranges, 2011, ink, watercolor on canvas, 19 x 19 inchesms, 2008My art review for a show in January 2012
Cris Worley Gallery is opening up this year with a group show that features artists from her studio visit adventures. I am looking forward to seeing work by Paul Booker, Blayer Stiller, and Howard Sherman, but I am also excited to learn about Anne Allen’s and Trey Egan’s art.

Every time I see a new series of work by Paul Booker, I get that much more excited. Booker does not disappoint with the preview images I received in the press release, I cannot wait to see the work in person. I remember seeing his paintings at Dunn and Brown a few years back. The works were his sculptures realized in two dimensional paintings and in colors. I say in two dimensions, but with the lacquer layered paint, you might have thought you were seeing floating sculptures of paint. Now he is working with water color and his abstract images use negative space to float on the canvas.

Howard Sherman paints on the shoulders of Jean-Michel Basquiat with his mixture of abstraction and cartoon images. I feel a pure sense of emergent properties in his marks of paint that come together to give birth to a kind of mutated creature. Like de Kooning’s women series, I see Sherman making his abstract art about a subject. These works are not concerned with transcendent quality of abstract art. Sherman’s paintings are very much about material and he makes you abundantly aware of the paint on the canvas. You can observe that each canvas is worked over. I see slashes of paint in his work, the paint is built up, layered, and drips are allowed to give the painting further expression. A bit random and very colorful, you will either love or hate his work, but Sherman leaves you no room to be indifferent.

Blayre Stiller’s charcoal drawings are photorealistic and so much more. She draws female figures and creates patterns and shapes in clusters on a minimal white background. From Stiller’s statement, she sees the work as an “abstract explorations of space, motion, gesture, and utterance as they relate to the visual form.” I whole heartily agree. One could project all kinds of social issues in these works, but sometimes an image is less about a statement of the ideal and more about the feeling of beauty and grace.

I have not seen Anne Allen and Trey Egan’s work in person, but I have seen photo representation of the work. For me, this is not enough to really comment about the work, so all I can say is I am looking forward to seeing their work up on the walls. The show “Studio Visit 1-1” will open on the 7th of January (reception from 5.30-8.30pm)and run through February 11th.
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