Sunday, August 13, 2017

Exhibit: Nathan Silver

Based on photographs, these portraits are quite different from  the kind of observational painting that's taught at the Palette and Chisel.

But they are curiously strong, nonetheless - with a strong presence of personality.

Perhaps we could call this style "photo-expressionism"

A nightmarish vision of reality -- like early Sunday morning with a hangover.

I like it.

I really can't stand to look at his ABX painting - they make me dizzy.

Which is a problem for me, since he has hung it in every room -- including the library where I eat dinner two nights a week.

But they do seem to offer a good background for some kinds of figure sculpture - especially my own!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Palette and Chisel at Gallery Victor Armendariz

Mary Qian

A commercial Chicago gallery is now displaying the work of three current members of the Palette and Chisel.

When was the last time that ever happened?

Victor Armendariz took over the roster of his former employer, Ann Nathan, when she retired, and he  is continuing to emphasize various kinds of  figurative painting that may be observational as well as cartoonish.

Andrew Conklin

Michael Van  Zeyl

Those ae tubes of colored light installed beneath the right edge.

The figures seem to jump into the gallery space - even without 3-D glasses.