I finally made it back to Chelsea this week, and here are my favorite shows.

Joshua Marsh: As If  (Jeff Bailey Gallery March 29 – May 4)

From the press release:

Strong color and the play of light dominate Marsh’s paintings, slowly revealing simple objects. Color functions as form, while objects and their surroundings border on dissolution.

Pitchers, tables, dustpans and brooms serve as subjects, but it is through their shapes, shadows and changing perspectives that Marsh pushes them into altogether different realms. The curves of pitchers suggest bodies; the interplay of other objects evokes openings and closings, solids and voids. Distinctions between what is observed and imagined break down, and being and appearance are as if equals

Installation view ©Joshua Marsh

Installation view ©Joshua Marsh

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Joshua Marsh, Broom. 2013, oil on panel, 30 x 18 inches ©Joshua Marsh

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Joshua Marsh, Pitcher. 2012, oil on panel, 28 x 20 inches ©Joshua Marsh

Vera Iliatova: Days of Never (Monya Rowe Gallery, CLOSING APRIL 27)

From the press release:

Vera Iliatova’s new paintings eschew the logic of gravity and
classical composition for more visually complex spatial grounds
born out of painterly abstraction. Gone are the signifiers of
stability: the park-like settings with clear views of the city, the
carefully modulated color schemes and naturalistic light, the
poussinesque compositions. We used to see Watteau, Balthus,
Claude Lorraine in the paintings. Now Mitchell, Stettheimer and
Salomon loom like a gathering storm. The paintings are full of
painterly delectation, as we have come to expect, but at the
service of more transgressive beauty. These women (like
Mitchell, Stettheimer, Salomon themselves) traverse
increasingly tumultuous territories of pleasure. These are the
days of never. Now one leads the way, then another. “Onward!
And Onward! And Onward I go, where no man before could be
bothered to go.”

– George Rush, 2013

Vera Iliatova Let Themselves Be Sad Songs, 2013 oil on canvas 24 by 18 inches

Vera Iliatova
Let Themselves Be Sad Songs, 2013
oil on canvas
24 by 18 inches

Three Point Turn: Robert Bordo (Alexander and Bonin CLOSING APRIL 27)

From the press release:

Some of these works seek to balance formal concerns relating to color and mass with the symbolic resonance of dirt, mounds, and hills. Others depict the landscape as it is obscured through the windows of a moving car, employing the metaphors of compressed time and distorted memory. Through these recent paintings we see the artist’s increasing interest in allegory, particularly by way of the intercession of objects; a shovel in one mound, a crown on another. Both Dial, 2012 and the evocatively titled The Future, 2012 are effectively obliterated by crescent-shaped swipes, reminiscent of a car’s windshield wiper; the mechanism meant to clear one’s view becomes a vehicle of complexity and commentary. In this way, the landscape comes to resemble its mediation – having been manipulated and enclosed by the viewer in its midst.

Robert Bordo DWI  2012 oil on linen 45 x 55 in/114 x 140 cm photo:  Joerg Lohse

Robert Bordo
DWI 2012
oil on linen
45 x 55 in/114 x 140 cm
photo: Joerg Lohse

Robert Bordo Mogul  2012 oil on canvas 54 x 66 in/137 x 167.5 cm photo:  Joerg Lohse

Robert Bordo
Mogul 2012
oil on canvas
54 x 66 in/137 x 167.5 cm
photo: Joerg Lohse

Atlas, Kahrs, Mucha, Whiteread (Luhring Augustine CLOSING APRIL 27)

There was really just one piece that I liked in this show, and it was the video installation by Charles Atlas. The piece features Leigh Bowery lip singing and was something I could have sat and watched over and over again. Slightly grotesque, but with elements of sweetness and fun.

Installation view Luhring Augustine, 2013

Installation view
Luhring Augustine, 2013

Hannah Starkey: In the company of Mothers (Tanya Bonakdar Gallery April 18-May 25)

Perhaps it was just my nostalgia for London or simply my attraction to bold colors, but I enjoyed these photographs by Hannah Starkey and think the show is worth a visit.

Hannah Starkey Untitled, August 2012 2012 C-print 49 x 65 1/8 inches; 124.5 x 165.4 cm (framed) Edition of 5; 2 AP

Hannah Starkey
Untitled, August 2012
2012 C-print
49 x 65 1/8 inches; 124.5 x 165.4 cm (framed)
Edition of 5; 2 AP

Hannah Starkey Untitled, August 2012 2012 C-print 49 x 65 1/8 inches; 124.5 x 165.4 cm (framed) Edition of 5; 2 AP

Hannah Starkey
Untitled, August 2012
2012 C-print
49 x 65 1/8 inches; 124.5 x 165.4 cm (framed)
Edition of 5; 2 AP

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