Monday, February 13, 2006

painting rundown

A visit to chelsea forest was made to see the relics spoken of on another blog. you know the one. I found it necessary to view these items after discussions and only jpeg viewing. Here is what I have uncovered - from real eyeball viewing:

Nathalie Frank: I appreciate the ambition of these paintings and her desire to paint in an 'old-school' fancy oilpainting way. I appreciate the decorative floral elements, the color, and there were parts in the paintings that were elegant, beautiful, very satisfying to behold. The paint handling and subject matter mingled in a delicate, vivid way in many instances within larger works - parts were really good. The jpeg that was posted on that blog was probably the best painting there - the one next to it was ok too. But, overall I found the work ungainly - the figurative/symbolic/narrative whatever was just awkward and trying to tell me something but it was convoluted. I was suspicious of what i felt to be forced content. Naked ladies and flowers = ? desire? oh, come on. i don't buy it. My biggest criticism walking out of the show was that her painting chops need to be improved, the virtuosity needs to go up a bunch to get these to fly (as well as a better handle of what the figure's place in the larger works are). or the content and the way they are now painted needs to be resolved. there is a disconnect right now. I feel like she wants to paint like Currin or Yuskavage but doesn't know how to do it yet.

Nicola Tyson: LOVED IT. These paintings felt so right and so wrong. They were almost pyschologically damaging. I wanted to put on a straightjacket right then and there. Really really right on the mark. Completely mystified. I have never been a fan of her work before. Funny.

Les Rogers: Also loved it, strangely!? I liked the move from one painting to the next and the picasso-esque abstraction and then the photo-real. I liked the paint on these, the materials were good. They were strong paintings I thought. The scale was good - the formal stuff all totally working. I like the more fucked with abstract/portraits better than the straight-ons. Maybe it's an easy strategy, painting from photos sent by some girl. blow em up - crop. she's cute. yup. but still i felt something with these. i was surprised i liked them as much as i did.

Erika Somogyi: Oh jeese where to start. These drawings/paintings on paper are really cool. but they suffer from the illustration-precious bermuda triangle. The project feels a little over-done - in that there is so much work like this out there. but to be fair to ES I think she is doing it great within the context of this type of thing. the piece with the pool and swans where the palette shifts was really excellent - my favorite. Her day-glo colored is fairly inventive and unique and totally works wit these and I feel that they color stuff is where she can really be indivudual. But the whole little framed paper colored perfection psychedelic drawings. i dunno. God i am such a poop.

What else... ? oh went to see Karen Heagle's paintings too. The standouts for me were the boxing guy and the other "Adam" character - the male figure that is right there when you walk in - standing on the beach? i think??. And i can't help but love the turkey. She has a clunky hand, in a good way, that can turn on a dime and nail a little passage of paint so wonderfully. I respond to the direct quality of the line and color in there most of all.

6 comments:

sloth said...

Hi FB! THANKS for the really considered and interesting take on these shows. I am embarrassed to admit that I have only seen the Tyson, which I loved. But you have totally inspired me to go look at the other stuffs, and come back & compare notes. xo

fairy butler said...

sadly, i think the ES show is over as of yesterday - not sure on the NF.

sloth said...

Blah! Okay I am beating myself about the head and neck now...

fairy butler said...

sloth, no beats!! No beats! 23rd st. is there waiting for you.

AlsoArthur said...

heh. Came across this trailer for 'Art School Confidential'.

http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/syndication/trailers/artschoolconfidential/ArtSchoolConfidential_300.mov

burrito brother said...

I can't wait for that movie!!

Thanks for the gallery tips fb. I'm sad that i missed that M.Rowe show as the image seemed lovely. I'm hesitant on the Koening show, but Mrs. L. liked it a lot in person too, so... I'm going to the Tim Davis show on wed. night even though it's, hrbmmp!, photography...
Wish me luck.
happy V-day.