For Elizabeth Gilfilen�painting is a collision, an aggressive search in which the object and�maker are intimately, irrovocably entwined. Gilfilen’s exploration of�piercing color and gestural abstraction continues in her exhibition of�new large-scale work at Gallery Aferro this month. In many of her�untitled paintings (sorry I can’t refer to specific ones) Gilfilen�wrestles images from a thicker scrum of agitated brushwork than in�previous work, but in other less vigorously-worked paintings like �Sit”�and “Cricket Fix” a more relaxed direction emerges. Gilfilen is the�opposite of a casualist–clearly�she likes a good skirmish–and her new paintings look terrific–bolder�and more challenging than earlier work. “Two Moons,” the title of the�exhibition, refers to recent evidence that the earth used to have two�orbiting masses which eventually became unstable and merged into one.
But I imagine they didn’t go without a long and interesting struggle.
“Elizabeth Gilfilen: Two Moons,” Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Through December 17, 2011.