Ryan Wong reviews the recent exhibition Ramshackle Kaleidoscope at the ArtBridge Drawing Room, New York. Curated by Jordana Zeldin, the show features work by Sarah Bednarek, Amelia Midori Miller, and Christian Sampson.
Wong writes: "Casualists tend towards the jokey and intentionally timid, but the three artists here – Christian Sampson, Amelia Midori Miller, and Sarah Bednarek – show sincerity in their practice, creating, in Zeldin’s words, an 'understated transcendental beauty.' ... All of the works play with the idea of flatness and pattern: Sampson’s overhanging acrylics project versions of themselves, the creases in Bednarek’s works become part of their pattern, and Miller’s paintings hint at depth and folds. The many stripes and fractures here pair well with their handmade look. By using modest gestures to take on daunting histories of painting and installation, these artists create works of vibrancy and warmth."
Sharon Butler blogs about the exhibition Love curated by Stephen Truax and presented by Art Blog Art Blog, on view at One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ, through December 21, 2012.
Love, featuring work by a diverse group of Brooklyn painters, celebrates the emotional attachment both painters and conceptual artists have for the medium, a 'love' that has returned painting to the "forefront of innovation in visual art." Butler writes that curator "Truax says the artists he has selected have 'a romantic and emotional engagement with painting and its history,' At the end of his essay, he even suggests that Conceptual artists are adopting painting as a strategy, too... Believing that all painting, no matter how seemingly intuitive, has conceptual underpinnings, Truax makes a case that the old saw "dumb like a painter" no longer applies."
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