Kreimer writes: "The question [Thomasos] faced throughout her career, the one that led her towards wall-works, is one that many artists grapple with, and is particularly acute for painters: how to reconcile her interest in politics with her calling as an artist. The vast scale of her major works, both on canvas and on walls, was a way to confront this. To be engulfed by the mixture of floorplans, architectural renderings, and illusionistic spaces that could be read as a twig hut or a spaceship was to feel oneself inside a whale. It is not that they captured the scale of the world, but they were of a scale just beyond one person’s ability to take in all the world, its joys and suffering."
Jillian Steinhauer remembers painter Denyse Thomasos, who died unexpectedly July 19 at age 47.
Steinhauer quotes John Yau: "Thomasos is known for her abstract paintings in which images of housing blocks, tiered parking garages, warehouses, scaffolding and abstract passages occupied an expanding, hyperbolic space. Her multi-layered, constructed space evokes something between a merry-go-round and a tornado, something under extreme centrifugal pressure. It's as if everything is threatening to bust loose, and the painting itself can barely contain the accumulating forces. As Thomasos' friends will readily attest, the dynamic forces found in her paintings were synonymous with her being. She was a force of nature."
Kreimer paints both from observation and non-objectively, the "accuracy of color placement and representation of light in the observational paintings inform the abstractions, allowing both to exist as windows into environments either recognizable or contemplative," according to the artist. Kreimer's approach causes Butler to wonder: "in our age of interdisciplinary practice, why more painters aren't freely including both mimetic and non-objective paintings in their exhibitions. Aren't the days of rigorous seriality and artist branding over?"
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.