Last week I had the chance to visit the studio of Bushwick based painter, Jamie Powell.
Powell's work* combines a sense of humor and a conceptual approach to painting, with a consideration of formal, and process oriented elements.
High key, artificial color and simplified forms work to achieve a lively and unsettling vision. The dominant shapes make a forthright, fun statement that is constantly undermined by the importance placed on traditionally serious, formal elements (that often lurk in the supports themselves) and a striking and thoughtful attention to detail.
Powell's well considered paintings seems akin to incisive political humor - in that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down".
Currently, Powell's work can be seen in the group exhibition, Geometry Poems, on view at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery until March 23rd.
Jamie Powell in her studio in Brooklyn, 2014.
*Some of the work included in this post is currently in process.