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2016

WISHING EVERYONE PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS IN 2016

Steven Alexander Studio, January 1, 2016

26.12.15

Some Notable Shows from 2015


Bret Baker at Elizabeth Harris


James Biederman, Eating Painting at 156 Project Space


 Mark Bradford at Hauser & Wirth


 Suzanne Caporael at Ameringer McEnery Yohe


 John Ferren at David Findlay Jr


Keltie Ferris at Mitchell Innes & Nash


Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read


 Clare Grill at Zieher Smith & Horton


 Alison Hall at Steven Harvey


 Eric Holzman at Lori Bookstein


 Jason Karolak at McKenzie (image from gallery website)


 Daniel Levine, Painters/Paintings at 57W57 Arts (image from gallery website)


Stephen Maine at Hionas


 Brice Marden at Matthew Marks


 Giorgio Morandi at David Zwirner


Helen O'Leary at Leslie Heller (image from gallery website)


Blinky Palermo at David Zwirner (image from gallery website)


Susanne Phillips at Lori Bookstein (image from gallery website)


Kazimira Rachfal at Janet Kurnatowski (image from gallery website)


(about 1/5 of) Frank Stella at the Whitney


Don Voisine at McKenzie (image from gallery website)


John Walker at Alexandre

24.10.15

Studio Visit with MICHAEL VOSS

Michael Voss, 2015, oil on linen

It was a real pleasure and privilege to visit Michael Voss in his Bushwick studio. As with most paintings, but especially with Michael's, images do not come close to capturing the delicacy of color and surface he achieves in his small potent works. Sometimes built with many layers, sometimes more immediate, his paintings are comprised of soft contrasts and understated drama. The intuitive configuration of each piece arrives at a moment of perfect poise and is preserved there by restraint. These are quiet objects of pure feeling and extraordinary visual poetry.

Michael Voss in his studio


Michael Voss, 2015, oil on linen 


Michael Voss, 2015, oil on linen


Michael Voss, 2015, oil on linen 


Michael Voss, 2015, oil and graphite on linen 


Michael Voss, 2015, oil on linen


Michael Voss, drawings


Michael Voss studio

23.10.15

Studio Visit with PAUL PAGK

Paul Pagk, 2015, 70 x 70 inches, oil on linen

My sincere thanks to Paul Pagk for a wonderful visit to his Tribeca studio to see a group of magnificent new paintings, and snoop around his rich environment. It was great to see works in progress, and get a close look at his sumptuous oil surfaces. It was also nice to see a wealth of small paintings and drawings scattered around the studio. Paul makes his own paint with ground pigments to achieve extraordinarily nuanced color. The entire space and its contents reflect Paul's relentless visual, intellectual and intuitive explorations - probing painting's endless possibilities.

Paul Pagk, 2015, oil on linen


Paul Pagk, 2015, oil on linen 


Paul Pagk, 2015, oil on linen (detail) 


Paul Pagk, 2015, oil on linen (detail) 


Paul Pagk, 2015, oil on linen (detail)


Paul Pagk studio


Paul Pagk studio 


Paul Pagk studio


Gonçalo Ivo, Paul Pagk, Denise Ivo

13.10.15

KELTIE FERRIS at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

 Keltie Ferris, La Estrella, 2015, 80 x 80 inches, acrylic & oil on canvas


Only a few more days to catch an exhibition of new paintings and body prints by Keltie Ferris at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (through October 17, 2015). The new paintings continue and build upon Ferris' established process of layering brushed and sprayed shapes in high intensity colors, creating undulating hallucinatory spaces. In the new pieces, she is opening up her process a bit, working in broader strokes, sometimes with larger shapes and simpler compositions. The surfaces are more raw, with the various layers of activity left visible -- a sense of casual confidence permeating the best paintings.

The newest elements in the show are the body prints, where Ferris has made direct impressions in paint on paper. These works, while of course referencing the figure, are not about the figure, but rather, about the body -- and about a process of image/energy transferrence that is central to Ferris' intention as a painter. They are less related to Klein's infamous body prints, and more to those of Jasper Johns -- not as much a record of a process as an act of physical transposition of body and image. These works inform the paintings by enlarging our sense of the artist's aspirations for her work -- her desire to inhabit the spaces she creates, and for them to inhabit her.

 Keltie Ferris, Cleopatra, 2015, 96 x 130 inches, acrylic & oil on canvas


 Keltie Ferris, W(A(V)E)S, 2015, 96 x 130 inches, acrylic & oil on canvas


 Keltie Ferris, [P]y[X]i[S], 2015, 30 x 30 inches, acrylic & oil on canvas


 Keltie Ferris, Story, 2015, 90 x 80 inches, acrylic & oil on canvas


 Keltie Ferris, Ray, 2015, 40 x 26 inches, oil & powdered pigment on paper


Keltie Ferris, Facade, 2015, 40 x 26 inches, oil & powdered pigment on paper