Robin Greenwood considers the dual (and competing) roles of paint as both a material and as a "designator and articulator of form and space."
He asks: "how do we reconcile illusion with being abstract? This conundrum is probably why the phenomenological aspects of medium and ground keep being obsessed over, as a desperate attempt to sidestep the problem and make painting 'real' again.... So the problem for painting is this – how to move on into new abstract territory, whilst understanding that to paint any 'thing' is to risk a kind of representation. If we are seriously ambitious for abstract painting, we will want to work our way through and out of that dilemma.
Greenwood finds some answers in the work of painter Alan Gouk, whose work is on view at Poussin Gallery, London, through February 18, 2012.
Sharon Butler posts about "the open proposition in contemporary abstraction." She writes: "There is a studied, passive-aggressive incompleteness to much of the most interesting abstract work that painters are making today. But the subversion of closure isn't their only priority. They also harbor a broader concern with multiple forms of imperfection... The painters take a meta approach that refers... back to the process of painting itself."
Sharon Butler reviews Untitled (Painting) "an excellent exhibition on view at Luhring Augustine... features large abstract paintings that are engagingly conceptual but, at the same time, uniquely process driven." The exhibition runs through February 5, 2011.
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.