abstract perception: three views
Post #603 • August 16, 2005, 3:36 PM • 80 Comments
Opening last week at our humble little gallery at AI, Abstract Perception: Three Views presented the work of John Germain, Kathleen Staples, and Daniel Weihnacht. Staples is painting her strongest work yet in the decade or so I've known her. Clearly inspired by the recent Olitski show at the Goldman warehouse, she's using heavy applications of gloss medium, irridescent gels, and acrylic's abilities to create Frankensteinian paint textures. Sometimes the special effects cause the work to disappear into a storm of glare, but at the right angles, they appear as vistas of nacreous clouds, right up there with any ab-ex nacreous clouds that I've seen yet.
John Germain showed playful, even zippy efforts that situated oblongs and rounded rectangles into fields of color. The higher-key ones worked best; some of the palettes in the darker ones defeated his figure-ground strategy and generally looked a bit sour. Where his work succeeded he managed a lighthearted interaction of shapes that distantly recalled Robert Natkin.
Dan Weihnacht, for whom I only have the poor reproduction below, drew geometric bands in colored pencil with rectalinear exactitude. He also arrayed geometry-oriented photographs into some of his pieces, but those works languished, unable to summon the minimalist flair in his drawings. Just a little too odd to qualify as stoic, their handsomeness might increase if he composed them more bravely.