John Sanchez at Dorsch
Post #752 • March 14, 2006, 8:00 AM • 21 Comments
Aside from the enormous pleasure of seeing a former student have his first solo exhibition, Sanchez is additionally working with admirable gusto and making some fine paintings based on urban scenes. He plays up the photographic origins of the paintings, emphasizing flares, blurs, and frozen scenes of time. He handles paint with such charm that these photographic conventions take on great warmth, and become the basis for abstractions. Sanchez has done a lot of hard thinking about figurative painting in the age of photography, and his solution, to admit the photograph into the work and then transform it with a serious, sophisticated approach to paint handling, seems like a fruitful one.