Noah Davis, Crush on Daughter In-law, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches (courtesy of James Harris Gallery)
Erin Langner reviews the exhibition Noah Davis: Savage Wilds at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, on view through August 24, 2012.
Langner writes: "The six new paintings comprising Savage Wilds by L.A. artist Noah Davis pop wildly with disparate references, ranging from talk show host Maury Povich to Mondrian. Evocative of flat screens with TV show logos in their corners and caption-like titles, such as Crush on Daughter In-law, this new body of work... has the feel of an electronics store with screens on every surface. Creating the visual equivalent of surround sound through their flailing figures, physical confrontations and pointed details, the artist’s imagery instantly draws the viewer into the works’ commanding narratives."
Simon Bayliss interviews painter Gabriella Boyd about her work and process.
Boyd notes: "It’s important for me that the viewer believes in the space enough to imagine being in it. Normally I'll start with quite a solid structure, a much more realistic space, and then gradually break away from that... For my belief in a space that I'm painting, or for my own security even, it's important that it starts with something architecturally sound... I begin by building theatrical installations – rearranging a domestic space, using everyday furniture as well as dramatic props. These sets help me to bridge the gap between reality and the world that I'm painting."
John Yau reviews Kurt Knobelsdorf, Postcard from Florida at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. Yau writes: "Although the paintings are based on observation, the light is not naturalistic, but juiced up—a thick surface can smolder or glow, even in the evening, when a woman in a nightgown, standing on a couch in her living room, stares into space and sees the air... Knobelsdorf has raised genre painting to another level, which is what makes his work riveting."
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