Kalm notes: "Using a very limited palette of blues, pinks and grays Wesley has fashioned a world of erotic understatement and comic narrative. 'Alice's Floor' which is composed of works produced between 1977 and 1990, displays Wesley's engagement with several contemporaneous movements that include Pattern & Decorative as well as New Image."
Curator Kenise Barnes writes: "The term decoration was largely used pejoratively in art parlance in the 20th century in spite of non-Western cultures rich history of intricate patterning and decoration. In this ever expanding age of information artists are influenced by and able to study many cultural, scientific and historic sources to inform contemporary art making. While minimalist abstract art can often appear cold or mechanistic, the work in this exhibition is obviously handmade, laborious and human. Patterns are slow to produce, echoing traditional handwork and suggesting the passage of time. Often suggestive of fabric, patterns can be a symbolic repository of highly personal or communal experiences."
Andrew Russeth visits the exhibition Alchemy and Inquiry: paintings by Philip Taaffe, Fred Tomaselli, and Terry Winters at Wave Hill Estate in the Bronx. Russeth writes: "With each artist featured in a separate room, it's easy to see their three distinct visions clearly. My favorite in the tripartite melee is Taaffe, whose paintings are populated with forms that recall amoebae and deep-sea creatures. They almost appear to pulse and vibrate in front of you." Be sure to click through for a link to the on-line catalogue.
Alchemy and Inquiry is on view through June 19, 2011.
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