On a quick trip into Boston I stopped into the Anthony Greaney Gallery in the 450 Harrison Avenue complex. The current show is a selection of work by gallery artists. Holding one wall: an inkjet-print-on-canvas triptych by Daniel Ellis. The color is a retinal jolt--electric minimalism, you might call it. Closer, you realize there's a pattern of letters. It is "Happy Birthday"? Aw, that's sweet. But no, there are C's and O's in the pattern. P. . . Y . . .H . . . O. . . Closer up you realize it's "Pyschopath." Don't get too comfy, the artist is warning us. It's a dangerous world out there even if the art looks inviting. I'm not sure I want to be reminded of what I already know, but the color is visually seductive.
Daniel Ellis, detail of Lavender Psychopath
At Hosfelt Gllery, San Francisco: Installation view of Marietta Hoferer's wall
Below, a detail. It's wide blue painter's tape over a thinner red drafting tape. The lines are straight, but the eye sees all kinds of undulations in the finished work, which reads as a springlike hyacinth from a distance.
Images courtesy of the artist
Hoferer making the work. Image from Todd Hosfelt blog. There's more of the process on the blog, along with a great finished view--as well as work by the other artists in this show. If you're in the Bay Area, go see!