Post #409 • November 15, 2004, 6:47 AM • 10 Comments
This week I'm going to catch up on writing about the shows I've seen. I've got a lot of images, and I want to go through them a little at a time.
Below are two pieces in Annie Wharton's show, "Pixie," at Ambrosino Gallery. Wharton seems to be making more judicious choices about where to put paint down on her vinyl surfaces, and relying less on her kitchen implements to apply the paint, letting it pour instead. The changes have improved the results - they appear freer, and less clotted and harsh. I've always liked her color sense, which successfully walks a line between attractiveness and poor taste.
She made an installation with some of these blobs of paint, applying them directly to the wall. Jack was referring to yours truly yesterday as the artist who said that Wharton should have painted the wall flat gray instead of metallic silver, which I felt robbed the blobs of much of their inherent attractiveness. At the very least, the wall needed another coat of paint on it - I found the roller streaks distracting.
Somehow - I don't know how - Wharton ought to figure out how to make these three-dimensional. Even as is I find them Calderesque, insofar as they celebrate floating, friendly shapes - imagine if she made the patterns and blobs voluminous and freed them from the wall completely.