Showing posts from January, 2014

Peter Shear @ Artifex Guild


Upcoming and Ongoing!

Don Voisine,  Step Up, 2013, oil on wood, 12x12 in.

Simplest Means Through February 15
Jeff Bailey Gallery 625 W 27th Street New York, NY  10001

Jason Karolak, Untitled (P-1326), 2013, oil on canvas, 78x88 In.
Jason Karolak January 30 - March 15, 2014 Robischon Gallery 1740 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202

Osamu Kobayashi
Björn Meyer-Ebrecht and Osamu Kobayashi w/ Olivié Ponce in the Project Space Opening: Friday January 31, 6-9 PM January 31 - February 23, 2014 Storefront Ten Eyck 324 Ten Eyck Street Brooklyn, NY 11206

Marianne Gagnier, Eos, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 26x22 in.

Marianne Gagnier
of this world- new paintings Suzanne Laura Kammin Greater and Lesser Vehicles w/ Ro Lohin in the Project Room Opening: Thursday January 30, 6-8 PM January 28 - February 22, 2014 The Painting Center 547 W 27th Street, Suite 500 New York, NY 10001


Edwin Ruda @ Berry Campbell

From the Press Release:

Unafraid to step beyond stylistic boundaries, Edwin Ruda consistently probed the incongruities and connections between minimalism and the geometric and lyrical modes of abstraction. Ruda’s “band” paintings embody his efforts to reconcile these two divergent forms. The result is an elegant, radiant body of work. Loosening the flow of his paint, Ruda introduced pure and translucent bands of colors that are rarely part of minimalist statements.  He then worked through the resulting contradictions without allowing structure or formlessness to dominate.

Peter Schjeldahl stated in 1973 that Ruda, “a painter of large, complex painterly abstractions,” was “an artist often overlooked in discussions of contemporary painting, but I believe one of the finest in America.”  James Gleeson wrote in a 1974 review of Ruda’s show at Gallery A, Sydney, Australia, that the artist had found the “missing link between minimal art and lyric abstraction.”

Edwin Ruda: The Band P…

The Ability of Paint on Painter's Table

Recently I did an interview with Brett Baker of Painters' Table. We discussed my anti-curatorial premise behind the current group show, Eight Painters and my views on abstract painting's current state.
Please follow the link to read the interview here.

The show is up through February 1st at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Chelsea.

A Studio Visit With Jason Rohlf

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the Greenpoint studio of the painter, Jason Rohlf.
Upon encountering Rohlf's paintings, one first thinks of celestial charts, ancient navigational maps or imagined cosmologies - stories, plot, directions and plans.
After spending more time with the work the artist's materials and processes sneak to the fore and the viewer becomes conscious of the layering, second guessing, and work involved in realizing an image.
Experimentation, variety and chance are major factors in this work. And, indeed, Rohlf's experimentation and rooted painterliness are the backbone of these ambitious paintings.  
Many times a final overlay of geometric forms and unforgiving lines and edges attempt to impose an order onto the chaos, providing structure and a strong compositional force.
But even this has a sense of uneasiness and impermanence. As the mess and randomness seep through, mingle, and compete with the order imposed upon it.

From the artist's statement…

Installation Views Of Eight Painters @ Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

Karl Bielik
Karl Bielik and Paul Behnke
James Erikson, Karen Baumeister, Dale McNeil, and Julie Torres 

My curator's statement from the exhibition catalog:

The Ability of Paint
By Paul Behnke

“Painting is feeling. There are situations, states of mind, mood which call for some form of artistic expression, because one knows that only some form of art is capable of going beyond them to give us intuitive contact with a superior set of truths.”
– Roger Hilton

When I was first approached about curating this show I had two immediate thoughts. The first was that I wanted to put together a strong exhibit including the painters I most admire. And the second was that I wanted my role to be more of an organizer rather than a curator.The term organizer implies, at least in my mind, being one of the gang both literally and philosophically.

A curator usually has a concept or “hook” for an exhibition and the works are chosen to support the curator’s thesis. If Eight Painters is about anything it’s abou…

Ongoing And Upcoming Shows

Life On Mars Gallery 56 Bogart Street Brooklyn, NY 11206

Reception for the artists:
Sunday, February 9, 5 - 7 p.m. CB1Gallery 207 W 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Outlet 253 Wilson Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237

Danese / Corey  511 W 22nd Street New York, NY 10011

Ameringer McEnery Yohe 525 W 22nd Street New York, NY 10011