Yaniv writes that "the three painters featured in the current show share a deep love of color, gesture, and an expressionistic gusto, resulting in unabashedly painterly canvases and works on paper... [Bienvenu] conveys the angst and bliss of our cyber-age, one in which the ideas of privacy, exposure, and pornography are increasingly blurred... Levy’s paintings escape a clear definition of subject matter or mood, so they remain oddly enigmatic yet deeply personal. She manages to translate such tensions into a cohesive painterly form without concealing how this form came to be, leaving on the surface traces of the match... each of Katherine Bradford’s small-scale canvases embraces a full universe. Mostly comprised of abstracted boats or occasional figures, Bradford’s canvases are both lush and reductive. Executed with brilliant color sensibility and grouped in a row, they activate the narrow corridor at Valentine with their luminous presence."
Jason Stopa interviews painter Katherine Bradford on the occasion of her upcoming exhibition of recent work at Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, on view from April 19 – May 26, 2012.
Bradford notes that "This may be a good time to be doing paintings that appear human or have a humanity that maybe a decade ago wasn't considered very interesting. Interesting - no. It wasn't considered modern enough, wasn't considered groundbreaking enough."
Butler writes: "the paintings look good, bouncing ideas off each other and reveling in their sheer painterliness. In the smaller front gallery, Patricia Satterlee presents a suite of charming small paintings comprising iconic green shapes that seem almost prehistoric, like old pottery shards or agroglyphs seen from above."
Etty Yaniv reviews the exhibition Painting Impossible at Life on Mars, Bushwick. The show features works by Todd Bienvenu, Katherine Bradford, Jim Herbert, Arnold Mesches, and Karen Schwartz.
Yaniv writes "Despite the wide diversity in their work, all five artists integrate figure and gesture with abstraction to generate a charged narrative, draw on the way they experience life, and, most importantly, share a fearless approach to process and material. While their work can include irony or humor, [gallery owner Michael] David emphasizes that 'there is absolutely nothing ironic or casual about their immersion in the act of painting.' "
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.