Slow Motion Action Painting

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Secret, 2012 Acrylic On Canvas 49" X 59" © Courtesy of the artist and Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco
Slow Motion Action Painting

77 Geary Street (@ Grant)
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
June 2nd, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Opening: June 2nd, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

canvas painting, acrylic


Note that we will be open until 7:30 PM on Thursday, July 12 for our final "First Thursday" at 77 Geary. Come join us for a celebratory glass of wine as we close the gallery’s current chapter and look toward an exciting future in a new venue!


Los Angeles painter Patrick Wilson presents a magnificent new body of his brilliantly constructed, abstract acrylic on canvas paintings in his highly anticipated third solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero, June 2 – July 14, 2012. Wilson’s paintings are conceived with the ideas of beauty and pleasure at the forefront. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Wilson is inviting his viewers to enter the gallery, and then consciously slow down in order to actively experience his work in the same manner in which it was created.

Through the use of various sizes of drywall blades, the artist meticulously “assembles” his paintings by pulling on hundreds and hundreds of translucent and opaque layers of acrylic paint. The result is a dense architectural and chromatic pattern, made up of both astonishingly subtle tonal shifts and hard-edged color fields. Wilson’s playful color combinations employing literally dozens of tints demonstrate breathtaking risks, as the resulting variances in tone – sometimes harmonious, sometimes clashing – are always alive with delightful surprises. The effect is astonishing, as it calls to mind the slowly revealing work of light and space artists Robert Irwin & James Turrell.

“Wilson’s quest for beauty is not new,” writes Corina Larkin in the March, 2012 edition of The Brooklyn Rail. “Nor is his examination of the limits of color as a space-making tool. But he does succeed in making oddly gorgeous and original paintings that embody the complexity and aura of life in the digital age. His work suggests that the questions artists pose may stay the same, but as the times change so do the answers.”

Wilson has exhibited widely, with solo shows at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Curator’s Office, Washington, DC; Rebeca Ibel, Columbus, OH; and Stefan Stux, New York. His work has been featured in the recent group shows The 2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art; Tomorrow’s Legacies: Gifts Celebrating the Next 125 Years, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Marx & Zavattero; Electric Mud, The Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston (curated by David Pagel); Keeping it Straight: Right Angles and Hard Edges In Contemporary Southern California Art, Riverside Art Museum (curated by Peter Frank); Selections from the Permanent Collection, Long Beach Museum of Art; and Gyroscope, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, among many others. His work is in the permanent collections of Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, the San José Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Microsoft Art Collection, and The Progressive Collection, among many other public and private collections.

Wilson’s work has been written about and reviewed in Art in America, ARTnews, The Brooklyn Rail, Deutsche Bank ArtMag, Art on Paper, artillery, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington City Paper, and the Columbus Dispatch, among many other publications. He received his MFA at the Claremont Graduate University and BA at the University of California, Davis.

Please note that Patrick Wilson’s exhibition will mark the final show at Marx & Zavattero’s current location. After nearly 11 years at 77 Geary Street as Heather Marx Gallery (2001-2007) and Marx & Zavattero (2008-present), the gallery is relocating to a new San Francisco space to be announced. Please look for the news of our grand re-opening in late 2012 or early 2013!