Monday, August 07, 2006
Very much liked the Michael Mewborn paintings at ADA Gallery. The piece above is the one that I first stared at from outside, through the window, trying to get. Those aren't reflections on the painting, it isn't warped at all, there is no black framing... it is all just paint.
Here is a detail of the painting above, showing all the grays and the black border.
Everything at the gallery is recent work made after a thirty-year break from painting. Colors and shapes are often (always?) chosen randomly, using some kind of random number generator on the computer.
All of the other paintings are bright and colorful.
I was thinking of Stephen Westfall and Edna Andrade, two artists whose work I like A LOT.
The lines are all wobbly and shaky.. everything is painted by hand.. no tape.
Computer aided paintings.. but not really. Hard edge paintings... but not really.
I asked another artist what he thought and he said he wasn't into them because he doesn't like minimalism.. are these minimalism? So much color and busyness? Op-art, okay. I pressed him and he said that he meant he "likes work that is more visually complex". I'm so confused! What??
Usually don't like to see signatures on the front like this, but with these paintings... YES! Look at the signature in the little white box of the first image posted.. so cute!