James and Ann Walsh
Post #1238 • September 26, 2008, 11:06 AM • 29 Comments
Oneonta, NY - The Walshes have been making their art in New York since the early '80s, long enough to witness the city and its art world reinvent itself several times over. That they remain committed to their individual takes on modernist practice, in the face of this churning of fortune, speaks of their seriousness and intensity. Ann pulls the horizontals of Noland into three dimensions, working with vinyl and lucite to produce mechanically crisp forms that put the responsibility for warmth and nuance exclusively on the colors. She then handles those colors with great sensitivity, and the best of her works deliver the delight afforded by a good Albers. James works with the widest array of handling possible to medium of acrylic, from stain to pile, within the same painting. It looks like it could not possibly work, and it does anyway. James acquired the most fruitful component of Olitski's legacy - the ability to put together a successful painting out of an arrangement which at first take appears too weird to function. He makes colors swoop, show off, and celebrate themselves like kites in a windy sky. Both Walshes are on display at Hartwick College in an exhibition that confirms both of them as major talents.