The follow up to the 2009 exhibition "Beautiful Form" at 65GRAND, "New Formalisms 2" continues to explore painters making strongly geometric work. As indicated by the title, this exhibition indicates new directions in formal painting.
All four artists, Samantha Bittman, Todd Chilton, Steven Husby and Melissa Oresky, maintain an intense attention to the application of paint or other media to the support, and the method by which this is achieved, resulting in exquisite artworks. While this is a similarity in their general approach to artmaking, each artist also expresses and follows his or her own specific interest, whether that is the interaction of color, the role of the handmade or the tension between flatness and depth. In this last trait "New Formalisms 2" hints that perhaps non-objective abstraction and representation are not so diametrically opposed as we may believe and as art history may tell us.