Phelps writes that Nesbit "paints on tightly stretched burlap; more precisely, he paints through burlap. He begins with the back of a painting and presses brightly hued acrylic through its coarse weave. These canvases are taut, tense and meticulously executed... There is an opticality and tactility in painting that makes it impossible to reproduce in print, and this is especially so in painting like Nesbit’s. Reproduced, paint pushed through Nesbit’s canvases appears as flat, mottled color. It is only by standing in front of the work, examining its texture and vibrating color relationships, that one can truly comprehend it. It is only in the real world that these works can be experienced—and this is what contemporary nonrepresentational painting remains about."
Matthew Marchand reviews work by Evan Nesbit & Kate Bonner, two artists in the group show Practicing To Pretend at Alter Space, San Francisco, on view through August 17, 2013. The show also includes work by David Bayus, Rebekah Goldstein, Nikki Painter, and Jonah Susskind.
Marchand writes: "The artists / curators seem to be suggesting that the flat surface of the painting is no longer reserved for the singular presentation of two dimensional space, but instead like the familiar screens and monitors provides a conduit between real and virtual space. This is especially evident in the work of Evan Nesbit and Kate Bonner, as they take on the surface in separate and complimentary ways. Nesbit’s work engages painting as endpoint,object and continuum while Bonner’s work does the same with the viewer. The effect is work that is both discrete and immersive."
"Berg's work is fast, active, and smooth. She has described her work as being about an 'indulgent painterly lust.' For Berg, the space of the surface of a painting is 'performative' and her process an energetic jumping back and forth from canvas to canvas. On the other hand, Nesbit's process appears slower, with a strong relation to gravity. It feels organic, tactile, methodical, and philosophical. His distinctive method strives to subvert traditional picture making by painting the canvas the wrong way, pushing paint from the back towards the front."
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.