Nick Knowlton reviews the exhibition Greg Gong, Jon Pestoni at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, on view through August 16, 2014.
Knowlton writes: "Against a current climate of glossily reflective paintings with meticulous edges, Gong and Pestoni present a roundabout, rougher route to creating a seductive surface. Though carefully arranged, marks upon former marks invite immersed contemplation in the variations of Pestoni’s earthy matteness and Gong’s swirling struggle. In both cases there is a frank disclosure of time and method that emphasizes painting as a deliberate, ruminative process relatable to life in a world where wit and sheen are on trend."
Joanne Mattera posts an extensive overview of abstract painting on view at the 2013 Miami Art Fairs.
Mattera's selections from among the "thousands of paintings at the fairs" includes works by Agathe de Bailliencourt, Agnes Martin, Alex Hubbard, Amy Feldman, Anke Weyer, Anne Truitt, Chris Martin, Craig Taylor, Deanna Lee, Enoc Perez, Federico Cattaneo, Gabriel Hartley, Georg Baselitz, Grace Hartigan, Günther Förg, Jaq Chartier, Joan Mitchell, Jon Pestoni, Joshua Aster, Keltie Ferris, Louise Fishman, Melissa Brown, Morris Louis, Norbert Prangenberg, Per Kirkeby, Polly Apfelbaum, Sachin Kaeley, Sam Gilliam, Shaun O'Dell, Theaster Gates, and Todd Kelly.
Greenbaum notes: "Pestoni layers different actions on top of each other to create a harmony, or a two-dimensional three-dimensional space. How far back do these go? How many layers are there? That number seems infinite, but you can’t go on forever—at some point you stop, and then you get a fleeting glimpse of something. There is no figuration here, and no grid either, just the arm moving up and down, creating a forest. The work keeps bugging me because it is so hard to sum up. It doesn’t scream out at me, drawing attention to itself."
Photo blog of installation photos from an exhibition of paintings by Jon Pestoni at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, on view through January 12, 2013.
The gallery notes that "each work is comprised of a number of procedural ‘moves’, many of which are designed to partially cancel or obscure prior attempts to arrive at a harmonious composition. The paintings’ dry-brushed surfaces contain what would otherwise function as disparate information, allowing for each to be read as a single image even though they include broad swaths, active brushwork, and drips and splatters."
[PHOTOS] Beautiful installation photos of Jon Pestoni's exhibition at Lisa Cooley. Pestoni's paintings "not only consider the nuances of light, spatial tension, and materiality but they also display an abrupt, visceral engagement with color and gesture."
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