Contributed by Sharon Butler / Andrea Belag is best known for making dark, stormy abstractions in which fat, translucent brushstrokes�swoop and twist around large-scale canvases. In her solo at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, on view through October 15, the new paintings seem to have a sunnier disposition. She has replaced�large canvases with�midsize wooden panels, picked up smaller brushes, and ramped up her�chroma opacity.�What the paintings have lost in physicality they have gained in freehweeling�narrative impulse.
In older work, the deep color triggered an inchoate emotional response, but now�simple shapes and lines, truncated brushstrokes�rendered in lively color, float�on the picture plane.�Many of the new paintings leave large sections of unpainted panel visible, creating�a shallower space for her whimsical figures to inhabit.�The work no longer�seems like a manifestation of murky interiority, but has become more outward looking and in the process�acquired greater�clarity. The paintings are refreshingly different than the old work–like the calm, clear light that�comes�after a storm.
“Andrea Belag: Ghost Writer,� Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY. Through October 15, 2017.