Another highlight on my recent gallery rounds in New York was the terrific exhibition from Steven Baris at DM Contemporary.
Steven Baris (from left) Geometries of Flow E6 & Geometries of Flow E4
I became familiar with Steven’s work through Facebook, but photographs did not prepare me for the subtleties of the work. They are strong striking compositions, yes, but it was the trace marks that drew me in. The works with their vibrant color feel very alive, but the ghostly marks in the paint speaks of other histories. The great blocks of color allude to a type of abstract landscape. They seem like vast lonely plains of color with deserted buildings, and yet the trace marks ground the paintings in the human somehow. The marks give the works a past even though they are most certainly grounded in a graphic present. I am particularly in love with the framed Oil on Mylar works. We are still taking about Geometries of Flow D13. I was unable to take a good picture of it because of the sunlight spilling from an adjacent window, but that particular work on Mylar stood out. You can see that piece and learn more about Steven’s work on the DM Contemporary website and on Steven’s site as well.
Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E4, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 50″ x 50″
Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E4 (Detail)
Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E6 ,2014, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 48″
Steven Baris (From left) Geometries of Flow D10 & Geometries of Flow E5
Steven Baris Geometries of Flow D10, 2013, Oil on Mylar, 31″ x 31″ Framed
Steven Baris (From left) Geometries of Flow D12 & Geometries of Flow D11
Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E3, 2013, 79″ x 79″