William Perehudoff at Berry Campbell Gallery

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I really enjoyed being introduced to William Perehudoff’s beautiful works on display at Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea. Perehudoff, a Canadian artist who died in 2013, was one of Canada’s foremost abstract colorfield painters. You can find more information on Perehudoff’s work on the Berry Campbell website and there’s also an interesting interview with the artist on youtube.

http://www.berrycampbell.com/artist/William_Perehudoff%20(Estate)/works/#!1090

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Joyce Robins: Paint & Clay at THEODORE:Art

 

There is something other worldly, yet strangely familiar about the works of Joyce Robins that were recently on view at THEODORE:Art in Brooklyn. In talking about the work, I’m referring to the pieces of ceramic and not the few, but equally terrific works on canvas that were also on view. It is the tangible, delicate muscularity of the the clay works that sets them apart from the paintings. These “paintings on ceramic” put me under Robins’ spell.

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Facing: Joyce Robins, Big View, 1974, Oil on canvas, 50″ x 70″

I’m not often drawn to works of pottery, but these pieces have a pull. They draw you closer. Exquisitely crafted, modern, biomorphic, light yet, solid. Delicate, fleeting and fragile, but strong and immortal in the way one wishes everything of beauty could be. These are not fleeting objects. They are for the ages. The photos that I took of the works do not do them justice. Please take some time to check out more of Joyce Robins’ work on the THEODORE:Art website and Joyce’s website as well. There’s also a great interview with Joyce in the Brooklyn Rail. These photos just scratch the surface of Joyce’s marvelous work.

http://theodoreart.com

http://joycerobins.net

http://brooklynrail.org/2014/05/art/joyce-robins-with-phong-bui

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Joyce Robins, Gray Rectangle, 2014, Clay, Glaze, Paint, 11.5″ x 7.5″

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Joyce Robins, Blue Rectangle, 2002, Clay, Glaze, Paint, 9.75″ x 12″

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Joyce Robins various works from L to R

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Joyce Robins, Maroon Circle, 2000, Clay, Glaze, Paint, 15.5″ diameter

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Joyce Robins

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Joyce Robins (detail)

Steven Baris at DM Contemporary

Another highlight on my recent gallery rounds in New York was the terrific exhibition from Steven Baris at DM Contemporary.

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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.

http://www.dmcontemporary.com/index.html

http://www.stevenbaris.com

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Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E4, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 50″ x 50″

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Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E4 (Detail)

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Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E6 ,2014, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 48″

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Steven Baris (From left) Geometries of Flow D10 & Geometries of Flow E5

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Steven Baris Geometries of Flow D10, 2013, Oil on Mylar, 31″ x 31″ Framed

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Steven Baris (From left) Geometries of Flow D12 & Geometries of Flow D11

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Steven Baris Geometries of Flow E3, 2013, 79″ x 79″ 

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