Saturday, April 30, 2011

Show at Swirl

I'll be having a show of 20 paintings at Swirl at 1315 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz.
I will have a First Friday reception on July 1.

Here's details of a few of the paintings that will be there:
Oceanview Park Sunset
acrylic, digital photography, manipulated digital scans, xerography, arcrylic xerography transfer

The Joy of Look
acrylic, acrylic newsprint transfer

Purple Pastorale
acrylic, manipulated digital scans, xerography, arcrylic xerography transfer

Installation Views:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: De Kooning: Paintings, 1960-1980

De Kooning: Paintings, 1960-1980De Kooning: Paintings, 1960-1980 by Willem De Kooning

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing is the usual put-together job in a exhibition catalog. Not terrible, just sort of "critic-y" if you get my meaning, and some of the more juicy biographical details are glossed over. I have read this book once before at some point.

There is a well-chosen selection of 84 color plates. De Kooning is a well-loved well-hated artist. He has a way of making a painting make itself happen, inviting as much chaos and unresolved visual issues and handling of paint into a painting and reworking it continuously while keeping it looking like it has been painted with no effort, and releasing it into the world at some arbitrary point: his works are always unfinished, or cannot be finished. Then again, he can pare down his expression to a few gestures austere and simple, like his black and white paintings and his late ribbon paintings. Over the years he has won me over. So I enjoyed looking at the plates. Every time I look at his work I see something new. (If he's not your cup of tea, you may find this book less interesting, or even appalling.)

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