Noah Dillon

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New Technologies Don't Always Mean Interesting Painting   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cory Arcangel, Tim Bergstrom, McArthur Binion, Greg Bogin, Stefan Bondell, Sarah Braman, Kadar Brock, Ethan Cook, Peter Demos, Ayan Farah, Anoka Faruqee, Mark Flood, Sayre Gomez, Evan Gruzis, Wade Guyton, Peter Halley, Adam Henry, Xylor Jane, Karl Klingbiel, James Krone, Landon Metz, Dianna Molzan, Sam Moyer, Oscar Murillo, Wil Murray, Angel Otero, Ara Peterson, Davina Semo, Travess Smalley, Andrew Sutherland, Peter Sutherland, Wendy White, Thomas Øvlisen at The Hole NYC May 3rd, 2013 - June 20th, 2013
Posted 5/28/13
New technology can be genuinely disruptive. The same week the group show “Xstraction” opened at The Hole Gallery, a company called Defense Distributed published digital blueprints for a potentially lethal, plastic pistol that could be fabricated at home using a 3D printer. The plans were quickly forced off their website by the US State Department. A 3D printer renders raw materials such as plastic, paper, metal, or other substances into objects, making it possible to manufacture nearly any... [more]
The Promise of the Image   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Baskin, Jennifer Bolande, Antoine Catala, Katarina Elven, João Enxuto, Erica Love, Virginia Overton, Lewis Stein, Peter Fischli & David Weiss at carriage trade March 9th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013
Posted 3/26/13
Every product suggests itself first as an imagistic extension of one’s body and mind: consuming, being clothed, experiencing a situation, being enhanced, or encountering pleasure. Even an ergonomically designed shampoo bottle is the anthropomorphic picture of an imagined hand. Critical viewers typically regard such representations with conscious skepticism and probably as often with unconscious approval. “The Pathos of Things,” at Carriage Trade, puts such contradictions under scrutiny. The... [more]
Tickety Tock   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Margaret Evangeline at Salon STUX West January 5th, 2012 - February 4th, 2012
Posted 1/9/12
Margaret Evangeline’s new show of paintings, “Time Bomb” at STUX, is difficult. Not only so for its content, which is jostling, fun, and borderline crude, but also because of the peculiar hand that Evangeline has honed since the late 1970s. Her output is varied and always charged. But that power doesn’t leap off every canvas in the way she may intend—instead of being liberated they can be anxious or stiff. The overall structure of a given painting can slide into a hash of overwrought marks.... [more]
Taking the Corps Out of Corporation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Berenice Abbott, Ian Davis, Chris Dorland, Kota Ezawa, Louis Faurer, Yevgeniy Fiks, Jacqueline Hassink, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Phillip Toledano at Winkleman Gallery January 4th, 2012 - February 11th, 2012
Posted 1/9/12
I like Winkleman Gallery’s “Corporations Are People Too,” though I am wary of attempts to capitalize on the populist outrage unleashed by the Occupy protests this past fall. And there may be more pressing contemporary artworks that also address the increasingly queasy relationship between people and commerce. With those caveats out of the way, “Corporations” has some wonderful pieces and feels urgent. The springtime of 2012 may see the “change in conversation” around economic inequality... [more]
Shades of Overcast   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Agnes Martin at Pace Gallery - 25th St. September 16th, 2011 - October 29th, 2011
Posted 10/24/11
Agnes Martin, despite her asceticism, chronicled the 1980s with startling acuity. At Pace’s “The ‘80s: The Grey Paintings,” her work is simultaneously distant from the trends of the decade and impeccably representative of the world at that time. Martin dismissively declared she wanted nothing to do with the fashionable young people showing in hip galleries downtown. She remained far from downtown (far from New York all together) and as a stalwart abstractionist nonetheless captured the era’s... [more]
Stella in Bonds   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Frank Stella at Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave September 22nd, 2011 - October 29th, 2011
Posted 10/24/11
At Paul Kasmin’s “Geometric Variations,” Frank Stella’s oil and alkyd paintings are front and center. The paintings are materially and conceptually flat, smooth, dry, possessing aggression without force. They tantalize with funny tricks that don’t do much: spirals break free at the corners, but such escape is nothing with the hulking didactic chain left fettered to its ankle. The especially vapid titles do not help. A few small diptychs fare better though. Malcolm’s Bouquet (1965) is exciting... [more]
Eye to the Optical Sky   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gabriele Evertz, Vincent Longo, Doug Ohlson, Robert Swain, Sanford Wurmfeld at MINUS SPACE August 6th, 2011 - September 17th, 2011
Posted 8/28/11
Under the guidance of sculptor Tony Smith and critic Eugene Goossen, Doug Ohlson was hired by Hunter College in 1964. There he, Smith, and Goossen fostered one of America’s most influential networks of abstract color painters. At MINUS SPACE, “Pointing a Telescope at the Sun” presents five works by members of that clique in tribute to Mr. Ohlson, who passed away last year at the age of seventy-three. Ohlson and Longo share a late-summer palette with greenish browns, soft blues, rosy pinks, and... [more]
Music Man Makes Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Yow at FUSE gallery August 24th, 2011 - September 21st, 2011
Posted 8/28/11
I like David Yow and I like his bands: Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard. They always had great cover art, particularly those with paintings by Malcolm Bucknall. Yow's solo show at Fuse proves he not only had a good eye for art, but is quite adept at making it too. Yow has been professionally retouching photos at least since the end of The Jesus Lizard and his skill is evident. Using a combination of photography, drawing, and digital alteration he has produced a series of creepy, cartoonish... [more]
Hard Abstraction   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
John Morris at D'Amelio Terras June 30th, 2011 - August 19th, 2011
Posted 7/31/11
Nature is incredibly thrifty with materials, mostly using a few elements for everything living. Keratin can be found as down feathers or fingernails, carbon can be found as graphite or diamonds. The work of John Morris is about that simple variability at its heart. As in nature, with a very few building blocks, Morris creates structures of amazing subtlety and complexity, which are both strict and inviting. Morris delivers hard edge geometric abstraction, largely absent from D’Amelio Terras’s... [more]
Abstraction Here and Now   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Cherubini, Joanne Greenbaum, Suzanne McClelland, Jenny Monick, Carrie Moyer, Dona Nelson, Laurel Sparks at D'Amelio Terras June 30th, 2011 - August 19th, 2011
Posted 7/31/11
“Affinities: Painting in Abstraction,” at D’Amelio Terras through August 19, aims to describe recent trends and ideas in painting, mostly within the lineage of gestural abstraction. Independent curator Kate McNamara has assembled an exciting and sensuous show charged with untamed histories starting from the middle of the 20th century. One is first struck by Suzanne McClelland’s oil painting (2011), and its companion video in a nook behind the front desk. The video fills the gallery with... [more]