Walter Wickiser Gallery is pleased to announce New Abstractionists VII, group exhibition with four artists, Ron Clark, Michael Ingui, Mark Sharp, Arimori Ueno, from January 5th, 2013 - January 30th, 2013.
"With their asymmetrical compositions driven by linear structures, Sharp and Ingui press against the edges of the canvas as if pushing forms into a void. The implications of movement, whether calligraphic (in Ingui’s case) or almost geographic (in Sharp’s), retain a dynamic instability in these paintings, an almost choreographed grace. By contrast, Clark and Ueno determine highly centralized formal arrangements, and make sure to articulate the surface of their paintings, Ueno with active brushwork and Clark with crucially placed scorings of the paintings’ “skin.”
The stylistic practices of these four artists may diverge – all four make work distinctive to the hands of each – but all share a self-recognition in modernist practice. They inherit and extend a century of abstract painting, perpetuating a sensibility that may go in and out of fashion, but refuses to disappear.”**
** Excerpt from catalog essay <The New Abstractionist VII: The Non-Objective Imperative> by Peter Frank
Peter Frank is art critic for the Huffington Post and Senior Curator at the Riverside [CA] Art Museum. He has previously served as art critic for the LA Weekly, Angeleno magazine, the Village Voice, and the SoHo Weekly News; has edited THEmagazine Los Angeles and Visions art quarterly; and has curated exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia, and other venues around the world.