Anne Russinof posts a photo blog of a visit the exhibition Peter Acheson: Rusted Giacometti at Novella, New York, curated by JJ Manford and Peter Acheson, on view through November 17, 2013.
Co-curator JJ Manford writes in the press release: "Peter paints with a lexicon of linear marks, and archaic symbols which are sometimes arranged in ways that push and vibrate the plain outward, but this does not account for the paintings’ expansiveness. It is because they are emphatically not predetermined that they do not imply any ideas about wholeness or completeness, just presence.
It is in Peter’s insistently unselfconscious approach to painting where he seems to be fighting against recognition, in order to flirt with the abyss. When too much thinking gets in the way, Peter takes action and thrusts us back into the realm of perception. This is not about understanding, but looking and being."
Maria Calandra visits the studio of painter JJ Manford.
Calandra writes that she finds "elements of [JJ's] new paintings reading like a fantastical projection of what you might see happening inside the artists' mind or behind their eyes. I suppose this could be visual, intellectual or scientific. It is almost as though he has arrived at the work by painting what he sees when he closes his eyes just after looking at a bright light, with his marks that make up noisy circular flashes and strings of electric color. Maybe he is giving the synapses (those rapid transfers of signals that happen in the brain from one cell to the next) a pictorial description. I liked thinking that the figures that he has begun to use, which act somewhat autobiographically, form a narrative of his past experiences. The figures appear quite appropriately with the abstracted synapses — as they play a major role in the formation of our memory."
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