Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The subtle minimalism in the paintings of Markus Amm, David Kordansky Gallery, Culver City, CA

Found this interesting exhibition of abstract painting, this is the work of Markus Amm at David Kordansky Gallery. it is very subtle, have a look..
Markus Amm, David Kordansky Gallery, Gallery 2, Culver City
There seems like there is little going on here...I've been to Culver City, I don't remember there being much there, well now they have Markus Amm and the Kordansky Gallery! The show includes small, medium and large-scale works that fall into two broad categories: acrylic-and-gesso paintings on canvas, and oil paintings on gesso board.
'Amm utilizes the constituent elements of painting as the foundations for works that reassess the legacy of geometric abstraction. He assigns content-based value to what might be mistaken as purely formal practice, and shows how even the most basic, platonic shapes can be mined for connections to a complex contemporary world. In some cases, this means revisiting preconceived ideas about the relationship between image, material and support; in others, he shows how the conceptual envelopes in which painting is seen readily influence its composition. 
Markus Amm, 'Untitled', 2010, oil on gesso board, 13.7 x 11.8 inches (35 x 30 cm)
These monochromatic fields are divided by sharp lines; their brief moments of color separate the compositions into interlocking forms, provoking readings in which shapes fit into, surround, complete, or sit on top of each other. The lyrical quality of the work belies the fact that Amm applies the lines by using tape and acrylic spray paint. Relative speeds of painting and looking are played against one another, and the eye slows down in places where it is accustomed to speeding up.'

There is a subtle touch with these works, they are more than just minimalist explorations but interesting evocations in paint, do they explore emotion? who knows, does it matter, just great painting...


  1. yeah, lovely fields of rich colour, particularly images 29, 32, 35 & 38. Rich but spare. Is that possible?