Steven Alexander at Heidi Cho Gallery
We begin Part 2 of this series with Steven Alexander, showing in a two-artist exhibition at Heidi Cho Gallery. Alexander provides the perfect bridge from the previous post, Plane Speaking at McKenzie Fine Art, since his paintings are also included in that show. Alexander's formal compositions appear to be hard-edge geometry worked flat against the picture plane. Up close, though, you see the richness of his surface: a field composed of layers of color whose hues appear to seep out from the edges or peek through intentional imperfections in their glorious chromatic skin.
Closer view of the installation of eight small painting, in acrylic on linen
Swinging around to the other side of the gallery, we come to the work of Taro Suzuki, shown above and below. Less obviously planar--color and repetitive pattern are the salient elements--there's nevertheless . . .
. . . a flatness that takes on unexpected depth with up-close viewing. In the extreme detail below, you can see the weave of the canvas through layers of color in clear or translucent resin .
A big surprise for me in Miami was the work of Sven Lukin. His paintings from the Sixties--hard-edge abstractions with a dimensional element that emerges from the flat plane of the painting--were featured at Gary Snyder Project Space at ABMB. A bigger surprise is that the gallery is right around the corner from me, on 26th Street near Eighth Avenue, and that Lukins has a show there through the end of the month.
Not sculpture: Sven Lukin's shaped paintings break the picture plane and jut out into the gallery at Gary Snyder Project Space. I'm taking you counterclockwise around the room, starting from above . . .
. . . swinging around to the far corner, where dimension can be optical (left) as well as physical (center) . . .
and then along the far wall
Closer views, all acrylic on canvas and wood construction
Above: San Diego, 1966
Below: Untitled, 1965
Below: Untitled, 1965
With Tucson barely visible behind the wall of drawings, we see the fourth wall of the gallery's main exhibition space, below:
Untitled, 1965, graphite and colored pencil on paper
The drawings offer a sense of how Lukins thought about bending and shaping the planes of the painting
Part 3 on Friday: Al Held, Don Stezaker, Amy Park, Richard Bottwin, Virginia Overton, Don Dudley and Tatjana Busch