Reaves writes that the show "blends Romantic-era geological drama with mid-century action painting, modernizing it by default in the process... Half-inch-deep paint strokes are sliced with thin, tumbling lines, physically mimicking shattered boulders and scraped sand. They are not quite monochromatic, each painting mostly at one end of the shade spectrum but each also representing stark whites and opaque blacks in restrained ratios. Turpentine-soaked washes are intersected by, sometimes sloppily melding into, buttery blobs and slashes. Maybe it’s because she starts and finishes each painting in more-or-less a single sitting that they have a ton of visual energy..."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Claire Sherman.
Speaking about two complementary series of recent paintings Sherman comments: "I want them to ride a line between inviting you in and pushing you out... I would think of [my paintings] as confrontational - [but] not all of them are that way - some of them have an airy-ness or lightness about them that veers in another direction... they're in dialogue with each other... The paintings work together as a group. They have a weight or a lightness between them that I see as a balancing act."
In the exhibition introduction, Sam King writes that the show “presents both broad and dynamic depictions of landscape revealed as motif. Moreover, each artist examines the terrain dictated by these approaches and in turn addresses the act of painting itself.”
In addition to publishing statements by the artists each Monday on their blog MW Capacity, exhibition co-curators Sam King and Christopher Lowrance agreed to share their thoughts on putting together the show with Painters’ Table.
Rebecca Harp writes about painting which she considers to be a "verbal, therapeutic version" of thinking about painting. She considers specifically the qualities of abstraction that are meaningful to a figurative painter.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.