Moffitt writes: "In The Poetics of Space, French phenomenologist Gaston Bachelard said of the word 'door' that 'through meaning it encloses, while through poetic expression it opens up.' The same could be said of Awad’s gates and their relationship to the history of painting. If Awad felt fenced in by the opposition of abstraction and figuration, the works in 'Gate Paintings' manage to escape this constricting narrative by refusing to commit to either mode. As much as the paintings seduce with surface beauty, they invite us to break through the picture plane and enter a garden of possibility."
Wood writes: "For this show, Awad's paintings are divided into two groups: large-scale female nudes and landscapes. Yet, compositionally, these two distinct categories are at once blurred though vaguely connected through space and movement. In Untitled Reclining Women (2013), for example, the landscape surrounding the women interrupts the literal physical space of their bodies, pulsing forward yet simultaneously receding. This effect suffuses all the work in the exhibition creating the experience of a journey through color, space and shape, rather than a set of distinctly articulated separate images. Untitled (Glacier V) (2013) visually conflates the natural landscape with the physicality of the human form as though the central yellow shape at the heart of the image was a woman reclining on a couch, yet it also 'reads' as a disrupted, jagged imaginative structure that appears to be shifting."
A report on a panel discussion about contemporary painting at the exhibition Paradox Maintenance Technicians at the Torrance Art Museum, California, on view through March 9, 2013. The exhibition surveys contemporary painting in Los Angeles and beyond featuring the work of 26 painters.
"Despite some disagreement about whether painting was dead as a medium (or whether that was even a relevant question anymore) all the panelists did seem to agree that a resurgence of painting was taking place today in Los Angeles and elsewhere... 'I think the reason why painting still makes this resurgence time and time again is because it really confirms our humanity in a unique way that no other material can,' said [Caitlin] Moore... 'In the end, we crave something that really has a human touch or a human element to it...I think that's a reason why Los Angeles specifically is moving the way that it is, simply because there are so many avenues and mediums that are diluting that experience. It seems natural to migrate back towards painting...in a society that is so technologically saturated.' "
Langner writes: "The curious objects within many of the paintings generate an instant magnetism through their familiarity; yet, a persistent darkness underlies each scene, most prominently in the works that contain humans. Sunday Afternoon’s impenetrable lawn of green constructs an atmosphere of void and melancholia to surround its unexplainable nude that gazes at its own shadow. The Visit at first looks like a delicate portrait, until the details of its bizarre composition are fully comprehended... Across all of these works, action happens, but the narrative Awad abstracts is only a tease; there is no explanation to be found."
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.