Naves writest that "Lenaghan has long been drawn to areas of Brooklyn that, when not mundane, are distinctly unlovely - a graffiti-laden building in Greenpoint, anonymous industrial structures in Williamsburg and the stained and mottled roadway bordering the Bedford Avenue Armory. Family is also a mainstay - in one painting, children watch Dora the Explorer; in another, a woman stands by the mirror in an unkempt bedroom."
Nelkin notes that Hepher's paintings explore "take something ugly and imbue it with a sense of carefully considered beauty. The façades may have once been uniform but by focusing on such detail, he refreshes these buildings, concentrating on individual sections. Using a close-up grid structure, Hepher exploits the angular architecture of the flats, creating a moving portrait of Brutalist architecture with idealistic scenes of escapism used to contrast the grittier surfaces of the buildings."
John Seed blogs about the paintings of Marc Trujillo, on view at Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York through December 3, 2011.
Seed writes: "Trujillo sees what he calls 'visual potential' in mundane subject matter: big box stores and fast food meals. Painting with a moral seriousness reminiscent of Chardin or Vermeer, Trujillo finds poetry in the gap between ubiquity and invisibility. He evokes both shame and awe in what he records, and uses formal intelligence to make the two conflicting emotions balance."
Mullarkey writes that "O'Reilly brings to art an intuitive regard for man's sense of place. It is a sensibility that makes the locks on the Union Street Bridge, spanning Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, a significant aspect of home. Under her eye, urban details can as easily approach the wellsprings of serenity as a Douglas fir on Long Island’s North Fork, where O'Reilly spends her weekends."
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.