Hovey Brock reviews Louisa Matthíasdóttir and Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jonsson at Tibor de Nagy, New York, on view through June 17, 2016.
Brock writes that "[Matthíasdóttir's] surfaces, switching freely between thick and thin passages, show a quick, decisive hand with little evidence of pentimenti or erasures. The subjects alternate between scenes of sheep grazing in the countryside, views of Reykjavik, and small seaside villages. Her compositions work best where her abstract and representational tendencies are in almost perfect balance... [Jonsson] creates the shimmering images in her silk textiles through a process similar to ikats... Jonsson’s ability to work wet dyes into wet gives her fabrics a painterly appeal that ikats lack, as they depend on resists to create their patterns."
Goodrich writes: "An extraordinarily self-possessed and disciplined painter, [Mattiasdottir] turned Hofmann’s often bombastic exuberance in a very different direction, towards a keen-eyed affection for the appearance of things, even when — or, perhaps, especially when when — they were reanimated through the formal language of painting... Like Bonnard and Matisse, her work testifies to the unique combination of sensuousness and discipline that marks the best traditional painting. The particular virtues of her work — subtly weighted color, dynamics of rhythm and scale — don’t come through on a screen or printed image."
Joe Walentini reviews several November painting shows in New York including exhibitions by Sharon Etgar, Norman Lewis, Herman Maril, and Louisa Matthiasdottir.
Of Matthiasdottir, Walentini writes that her "paintings are deceptively unassuming due to their minimalism. But now look at how the space is carved out within each composition. Perspective is determined almost entirely by the size and placement of the forms and how they are painted. Nearly everything in these paintings serves a dual purpose between constructing the rudimentary subject matter and simultaneously orchestrating everything else to a totality beyond the combination of elements. Best of all is how the latter challenges the viewer’s imagination and creativity – something all great painting does."
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