Paul Manes: Desire
Saturday, October 13th, 5 to 8 pm
October 13 – November 10, 2018
For over thirty years, the work of Paul Manes has held a steady influence in the world of contemporary painting. His keen handling of pictorial space is widely recognized for its sensual balance of abstract and figurative elements, pointing to Manes’ deep awareness of the Western canon. Volume and light are combined in large canvases to heighten the illusory power of his real subjects in hazy palettes of sand, milky white, and ocean blue. Art historian and curator Barbara Rose has observed that while Manes was a painting student in New York City in the 1980’s he, “was totally and consciously opposed to the instant recognition of the clear, flat graphic images,” often found in the work of his pop and color field contemporaries. Manes has been consistent in his vision of art that retains recognizable aspects of the natural world, remaining grounded in lived reality just long enough for viewers to lose themselves in his expressively layered hand.
Paul Manes, Desire, 2018
oil on canvas, 60 x 66 in
Throughout her career, Allen has constantly evolved her practice with inspirations from her travels. From childhood road trips through adult hikes to geocaching sites, Allen has found a plethora of images and sensations that she explores in her work. Previous works such as her series of Blood Scratch Drawings (2015) translate real accidents, while the site-specific Alchemy (2011) explored the permanence of the human hand in confined conditions. In this exhibition works such as La Digue#2 (2018) are a direct reference to the artist’s recent experiences in the Seychelles and in Mauritius. Allen’s work also draws inspiration generally from the conceptual maps of Julie Mehretu, Brice Marden’s layered loops, and El Anatsui’s quilts of found materials.
Anne Allen, La Digue #2, 2018
color pencil on paper, 41h x 31w in