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by Joel Kuennen
When I came across the promotional images for this exhibition by young artist Sterling Lawrence, I must confess I wasn’t too enthused. Large format gradients, abstracted sculptural gestures, clean lines that lead to conceptual destinations within the hyperbaric chamber of the gallery. It was gallery art. Art made for a gallery. I just wasn’t feeling it… until I was in the gallery itself. Installation view of Sterling Lawrence's "Lie and Wait" at Tony Wight Gallery, 2011. Image courtesy of Tony Wight Gallery and Benjamin Chaffee.   Entering the 2nd floor gallery is an enamoring experience. Directly across from the doorway, Wall Gradient 02 is adhered... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/31/11
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Cracking the Old Codes

by Dan Gunn
      Jason Salavon’s ongoing solo show at Tony Wight Gallery finds the artist probing his signature conceptual territory but in subtly different ways.  Mr. Salavon uses imaging programs and computing power to statistically analyze large volumes of images looking for characteristic patterns. For instance, one series of digital prints from 2010 presents volumes of Old Master portraiture superimposed atop each other. The result for Rembrandt [Portrait (Rembrandt), 2010] is a luminous cloud that is only vaguely human yet strangely characteristic of Rembrandt’s body of work. Similarly, the digita... [more]
Posted by Dan Gunn on 4/5/10
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Grey/Gray

by Erik Wenzel
          The condition of the practice has never been so concisely described as when Yves-Alain Bois titled a seminal essay “Painting the Task of Mourning.” (1)  First published in the 1980s and then brought out again in the early 2000s for a landmark show at the Walker Art Center, Bois describes Robert Ryman as “the guardian at the tomb of Modernism,” a description that has stuck with me. I thought it might apply to the work of David Schutter, but it does not. For Schutter straddles Modernism, on the one side dedicated to an age-old discipline of material, observation and theory, on the othe... [more]
Posted by Erik Wenzel on 1/5/09
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Successful Textiles

by Abraham Ritchie
The front room of the Tony Wight Gallery is devoted to fabric-on-canvas work by Diana Guerrero-Maciá.  Large in scale, these works use text, typography and pop music lyrics as their focus.  What I found interesting and compelling about the work on view was the clear and seductive way that the artist was able to use fabric for her art, avoiding the pitfalls that could have easily made it passable. "There's not enough textile art" is a complaint I have often heard from friends and acquaintances.  Well I think there is, just a lot of it is not very good.  To my mind, it's a tough medium to work... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 9/22/08