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Re: “Sound on Sound

I especially am drawn to the three large scale paintings in black and white. Similar in painting technique but each one has its own personality with stripes of white enamel, dripped spray paint and more hard edged spray painted lines over multiple bold wiped out erasure marks in paint. These pieces really steal the show! Enjoyable to sit in front of and take it all in.

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Posted by Darrell Roberts on 11/02/2010 at 8:11 PM

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Re: “Museum of Contemporary Art

Luc Tuymans
October 2, 2010 - January 9, 2011
http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/exh_…
As a painter I spent a couple hours on a Tuesday after noon viewing his works and paint application. After walking through once, I went trough again to take in the paintings with out the anticipation of what is next. I sat for several minutes on the benches pondering the paintings and intensely looking at them in the galleries. I praise the MCA for hosting this exhibition. Regardless of what Tuyman's paints, I was pulled in by his various brushstrokes, use of paint, limited palette and how he captures each painting with just enough without giving us too much information. Definitely adept in his trade, this painter is a painter who has invested a lifetime in his art making. I will go back many more times!

Posted by Darrell Roberts on 10/08/2010 at 3:27 PM

Re: “World Stage: India - Sri Lanka

Kehinde Wiley's new body of work at Rhona Hoffman focuses on young Indian men, often in a classical or religious pose. In the ground floor gallery water colors with exquisite detail mimic the monstrous figurative paintings in the main. An unbelievable sense of light is often captured-- in the fleshy palm of a hand. The figures dressed in Westernised clothes, with folds and subtle shadows embrace the techniques of historical classical painters. Protruding veins and muscles of the men are seen the the fore arms of the young men to astonishing rendering detail of the cartilage of the ear and well manicured fingernails. Decorative patterns to heroic classical scenes fill in the background. The decorative wooden frames are a nice addative to the decorative patterns, textures and detailed rendered hair of the figures.

Posted by Darrell Roberts on 09/29/2010 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Zolla/Lieberman Gallery

Susanne Doremus' solo exhibition open/closed is a freshness to large scale abstraction being shown in Chicago. Her works has as much to do about erasure as the physical application of the brush stroke. Many of her paintings have the gesture of a mark and repetitious lines being the over all power of the painting, while others hint at repetitive decorative pattern with foliage and some suggestion of the figure through silhouettes and flat forms. A couple of the paintings have a gray wiped out chalk board feel to them, many are large scale, commanding you to step back and enjoy the scale and color used in the line making. In the entrance gallery a large scale painting with irregular lines, some in green adding a vibration to them have a sense of a echocardiogram, while next to it, graphite pencil drawing marks with in a box is set off with thick bold irregular lines of red paint. In the main gallery, a large blue grid like painting gives a sense of architectural structure, and hangs well with many of the other large scale painting. Among them, a small pink painting seduces the viewers with its juiciness and paint application with thick textured overlapping brush strokes.
Susanne Doremus' exhibition is on view through October 23rd, 2010. Zolla Lieberman Gallery, 325 West Huron, Chicago.

Posted by Darrell Roberts on 09/17/2010 at 12:04 PM

Re: “The Subtle Diagram

Phil Hanson's solo exhibition The Subtle Diagram is far from subtle. Large scale paintings dominate the show with his use of vibrating colors shifting from pastel candy colors to florescent colored paint. The hyper colored backgrounds must be viewed up close to get a great sense of the obsessive repetitive mark making that fills each one. Text, in colorful banners are layered over the paintings, as if the paintings could be an announcement or poster for the circus is in town! Labor intensive in the act of mark making, Hanson's paintings are accompanied by a skillful set of drawings in gouache and graphite on paper.
A 56 page color catalog accompanies the exhibition which is up through October 16th. Corbett vs. Dempsey is located on the third floor of the Dusty Groove building, 1120 N. Ashland. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-4, and by appointment.

Posted by Darrell Roberts on 09/17/2010 at 11:59 AM
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