Butler writes that "the 2012 Biennial has adopted a modest DIY aesthetic that you might see at an artist-run gallery in, say, Bushwick. Overall, I liked the human scale of the objects, the emphasis on the handmade (as opposed to professionally fabricated), and the way painting infused several conceptually driven installations."
Cookland notes that "Usually this sort of hard-edged abstraction is painted smooth and flat, but Masullo... brushes on the oil paint at a fluid, opaque consistency, something like house paint, with it building up into lumps and encrustations here and there that suggest him working out the compositions as he goes along, and makes them feel more homespun."
Simek writes: "Bess's work is powerful in its preciousness - aching with an intensity and fervor of ideas that, even for its size, challenges the monolithic works by his AB EX contemporaries at the mid-century,when most of his works on view here were made. Certainly, because of their scale, and the crude handmade frames, Bess's work immediately reads in an intimate, spiritually-leaded way."
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