Suzan Frecon: "Paper" at David Zwirner
Orange and Purple Composition, 2011, watercolor on Indian ledger paper
There's something appealing about seeing small work in a large space. The individual pieces are dwarfed, requiring you to move in close. Intimacy in a large space seems like an oxymoron, but Suzan Frecon's watercolors--reductive compositions on Indian ledger paper--simultaneously assert themselves while letting you in.
The last time I wrote about Frecon's work, she was showing large paintings. Her reductive swipes and near monochrome palette are familiar, but these watercolor-on-paper works feel more contemplative. The gallery radiates a beauteous calm.
View into the main gallery with Orange and Purple Composition second from left
Below: Dark Red with Vermillion, 2010, watercolor on Indian ledger paper, at far right in photo above
View looking back toward gallery entrance
Orange b, 2012, water on Indian ledger paper, shown at right on center wall
Small gallery off the entrance. The painting on the far wall is shown below
Cathedral Series, Variation 10. 2012This is one of three small paintings in the exhibition, oil on wood panel. I'm pretty sure the paint is mineral pigment suspended in oil, which gives the surface an almost enamel hardness and gloss
Below: Painting Plan Drawing for a Large Painting, 2004