Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Gillian Carnegie in Interested Painting at Gallery 400

Gillian Carnegie
oil on canvas, 76" x 53"
Collection of Andrea Rosen, New York, copyright Gillian Carnegie.

Gillian Carnegie’s impasto paintings have always left an impression on me. These three pieces work very well here in this show alongside Rezi van Lankveld and Merlin James. In Carnegie’s work there’s a flip between the concrete and tangible and the fog or intangible. For example, there is a small piece that is made of a fog of thick, dark colored brush strokes that are of a forest at night or early early morning. Or the blown out sunlight in the large piece Voi, where a pathway is reduced stroke by stroke, layer by pasty layer.

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