The ten artists in “Smart Painting,” an upcoming exhibition at New Haven’s Artspace Gallery, are an inquisitive group, asking a range of questions, which, at their most basic level, include: What should a painting look like? How should I paint it? What should I paint it on? Beginning with simple questions like these, each of the artists believes (more than most painters) that how they paint is as important as the image they paint.
[Image at top: Claire Grill, Fan, 2013, oil on linen, 10 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Soloway.]
According to curator John O’Donnell:
The works answer these questions in three ways, first by referencing the limitations of their structures (�the frame�), second by exploiting the physicality of their surfaces (�the canvas�) and third by employing painterly strategies that enter the arena of the aesthetic realm (�the concept or idea�). Breaking down a painting into its anatomical parts��bones,� �flesh� and �brain,� the exhibition recasts these concrete terms more playfully.
The stake of this show is to recognize a painting that might appear lazy, hip or na�ve as a measured strategy or intelligent vehicle for challenging the tradition of what it means to be a painting. These artists trouble the notion that a painting must be a stoic representation of reality. Rather, they pursue casual abstraction as a method for depicting �reality� by questioning recognizable material, concepts and everyday forms.
Please join us for the Curator’s Talk and Opening Reception on Friday, February 7, 5-8pm.
Smart Painting,” curated by John O’Donnell. Artspace, New Haven, CT. February 7 through March 22, 2014.
Note that on Tuesday, March 4, In addition to an artists’ talk for the show, Sharon Louden and Sharon Butler (me) will be holding a conversation and booksigning for Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by Forty Working Artists. Louden edited the book and I contributed an essay.
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