Jennifer Amadeo-Holl at Judi Rotenberg
Post #800 • May 31, 2006, 12:25 PM • 8 Comments
I came across Amadeo-Holl's works at Judi Rotenberg at a time when I'm reading about Guston. They remind me of a similar impulse to let internal urgencies dictate the work, and force whatever odd bits that end up on the canvas to function as paintings, regardless of how disparate they are from one another. The good ones get a handsome mix going of smeared paint, images of animals and human limbs, and white backgrounds. They look good as abstractions, and the figurative elements that seem like they ought to impede their success as such somehow don't. Instead, they evoke incomprehensible but promising narratives, as if translated from another language.
She also painted a series of abstracted floral still lifes that demand comparisons to Zen art in their simplicity and directness. They provided a satisfying counterpoint to the complexity of the larger images.
Jennifer Amadeo-Holl: Aya Baya Bazaar runs through June 3.