Stephen Haller Gallery is proud to present RON EHRLICH: SILENCE LIKE THUNDER an exhibition of new paintings by the renowned colorist. With a rare level of skill and a complex methodology Ehrlich tackles his paintings with a contrasting muscularity and intellectual vigor.
Art Critic Dominique Nahas describes this aspect of the work in the catalogue essay to Ehrlich's current exhibition at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art:
At the heart of Ehrlich’s work is its ferocious daemonic energy which pulsates throughout the work. Energy pours, it seeps, it runs, it scrawls, it scours, it rasps, it peeks through every crack, every rivulet, every grain, every rupture, every streak, every blur, every spot, every scratch, every abrasion. And if obliteration and eradication and defiling, and the puncturing of the skin of his bodies of art take place so, too, is that same surface – skin caressed, smoothed, stroked, lathered, layered, enwrapped, muffled, balmed, and given over to every blandishment. The artist’s works are startling in their boldness and directness and surprising in their infinite subtleties, nuances and modulations of mark making and texture and color revealed slowly both from afar and up close.
In a review of the Daum Museum exhibition, art historian Nancy K. Weant described the work as "spectacular paintings."
The title of the gallery exhibition is a nod to the lyricism of Bob Dylan and to the rigor of Ehrlich's five year study in Japan of the art of Bizen pottery making – a training which helped lead to the development of his singular and very effective technique.
As Nahas states, "Ron Ehrlich calls into existence visual experiences suffused with startling communicative power."