ALLISON EVANS, KRISTINE MORAN, TED O'SULLIVAN
BUIA Gallery is pleased to present New York based artists Allison Evans, Kristine Moran, and Ted O’Sulllivan. In primarily large-scale oil works on canvas, Evans, Moran, and O’Sullivan investigate the increasingly nuanced divide between tropes of abstraction and realism.
‘Psychological intensity through personally customized fragmentation denotes their shared sensibility. Multiple paint application techniques ranging from drips, bleeds, blurs, razor cuts, erasure and built-up impastoed surfaces pinball back and forth from painting to painting, from male to female, and from intimate easel-sized works to hulking, immersive nightmare-scapes.
The vaccine for chromophobia has long been administered. Oedipal complexes lay stranded on the couch. Diligent though effortless assimilation carries the day. Painting in the hands of Evans, Moran and O’Sullivan becomes that most elusive of things: rhetorical objects as very strong persuaders.
DeKooning characterized the emotional edge he sought in his own work as, “No fear but a lot of trembling,” cueing up Kierkegaard, his philosophical muse, not only to explain his famously palsied stroke, but, more importantly, the protracted personal struggle inherent in making a painting sing.
At BUIA, the prevailing lyric eschews the limiting conditions of effeminate lullaby on one hand and stage hogging primal scream on the other, for a fertile, though elegantly modulated middle ground. Vicarious pleasures abound in the grouping of the three. Why else the group show? The curator remains silent; exit stage left.
Urbane cosmopolitanism slaps a white glove across the face of the impatient striver who, seduced by the column inch carrot, can’t help but bring a howitzer to a water balloon fight.’
Allison Evans is a Dartmouth graduate and a current Hunter MFA candidate. Kristine Moran is a Hunter MFA candidate who has had two solo exhibitions at Angell Gallery in Toronto with recent press including an Artforum.com Critics’ Pick review by Randy Gladman. A Museum School graduate and School of Visual Arts MFA, Ted O’Sullivan’s recent shows include A Delicate Arrangement, Curated by Dan Cameron at Zwirner and Five Unreachable Truths, a solo exhibition, at Happy Lion. O’Sullivan will have a solo show at Galerie Michael Janssen in Berlin, Germany this year.