Monday, 18 October 2010

Alex Olson: 'Geometric Abstractions' at Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York

We liked the Alex Olson show at Lisa Cooley Gallery, 34 Orchard Street, between Canal and Grand streets, New York City, which finished this weekend.
Alex Olson, A Verb, A Noun, 2010, oil on linen, 41 x 29 inches, AO061

Alex Olson’s new paintings are called 'geometric abstractions' that incorporate scribbled and scrawled text-like marks, however, they are more than just 'geometric' they are loose and subtle paintings that suggest a knowing use of mark-making like A Verb, A Noun (2010) that references Abstract Expressionism and contemprary artists work like Cy Twombly. There are little nuances here on the surface and in the size of the works which can be surprisingly small. These paintings also play around with space on the picture plane, some creating space, others using the grid. Some are also painted with mauves and bright yellows that juxtapose the overall paintings well. In Plot (2010) Olson has created an anti-painting, it almost looks like it could'nt be bothered...This makes an interesting change from so much real 'geomentric' abstraction out there.

Alex Olson, Plot, detail, 2010, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, AO055

Alex Olson, Plot, detail, 2010, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, AO055
 Check out Jon Pestoni's paintings at Lisa Cooley Gallery also.

6 comments:

  1. Cy Twonbly had a great sense of balance and ability to spontaneously construct a picture. Only he was too much about showing off his skills, which should be in painter's subconscious mind. www.artmineko.com

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  2. If virtuosity is at the back of the mind what is at the front? There are those that don't see Twombly's work as being skillful but unconscious daubs. Can you suggest an artist that combines these dynamics in a way that Twombly doesn't for you?

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  3. All those abstract expressionists. And many more masters ... like Cezanne. Oh, I cannot answer what is at the front. It's as if asking what is art.

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  4. Thank you for your instinctive response. I know you are engaged. I/we are trying to unravel that difficult bit and welcome any contributions. I feel that as painters we instinctively rely on the activity, a tradition but the world has moved on. This doesn't dismiss painting and my belief is that it is a basic informer but I feel painting is sometimes shy, lazy, arrogant, ignorant of tackling these changes .

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  5. Bonjour à Vous, j'aime ce peintre parce qu'il est loin des clichés manufacturés, qu'il exprime l'indicible; merci à Vous,à bientôt..see you soon :-), thibault.

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  6. Found your blog via googling Joan Mitchell. Have now found a whole wealth of other great inspiration. Enjoyed Alex Olson's in particular - lovely.

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