Thomas Micchelli reviews the exhibition Let’s Get Physical at Ventana 244, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, curated by Rick Briggs. The show features work by Jonathan Allmaier, Yevgeniya Baras, Rick Briggs, Chris Martin, Dona Nelson, Jackie Saccoccio, Russell Tyler, Maria Walker, and Chuck Webster.
Micchelli writes: "The kind of work found in this show, which avoids 'narrating or signifying' almost completely and makes a point of exposing the processes of its construction, is especially redolent of the artists’ 'fundamental manner of being;' their instincts, impulses and intelligence are woven into the manifold layers of attack, alteration and resolution. Through their formal and expressive thoroughness, these paintings, which present the viewer with obdurate abstraction, thingness and even hermeticism, draw us into their orbit not by what is splashed across the surface but by the physical manifestations of their creators’ thoughts, emotions and sense perceptions."
Kathryn McKinney reviews the exhibition Surfacing at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco, on view through August 30, 2013. The show features paintings by Matt Mignanelli, Dominic Paul Moore, and Russell Tyler.
McKinney writes that all three artists work "in a formal manner that takes an uncomplicated approach to the medium, with an emphasis on brushwork, color, and design... This mode of abstraction feels at home with a new wave of painters, identified on the East Coast as New Casualists, but really a larger concept and approach to painting that aims to for a balance of precision and off-handedness, the tension achieved when done right comes across as a punch line; less about the universality modern art was obsessed in achieving, but more of a democratized aesthetic content. It’s a refreshing turn from strong hold the conceptual has had on contemporary art for decades now."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Russell Tyler.
Tyler comments: "I want [the paintings] to have an old, modernist feel, but also looking at abstraction, not from a Greenbergian perspective... but from a nostalgic perspective... it's adding a more personal perspective... the way we see an image is a little different than a generation before us... because of what media we grew up with."
Crowley writes that Tyler's work is "inspired by 8 bit Nintendo graphics backgrounds, cartoony colors, and sci-fi games... early computer graphics, and textiles from the 80s." "Next to Trudy’s painting," Crowley notes, "I got a glimpse into the secret process of her work. These are little studies she makes using computer programs like Microsoft Paint. She takes these and replicates the same sort of geometric and rigid digital mark-making technique in oil paint."
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.