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Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
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Rocio Rodriguez
Jan 06 - Feb 12 2022 - 16 days left
This group of 14 paintings by Rocio Rodriguez, completed in 2021, are remarkably scaled down. 11x14 inch, 12x12 inch, and the largest, 30x36 inch, paintings deliver the same weight and monumental vignettes as Rodriguez’s pre-pandemic, larger than life, canvases. Rodriguez continues with her visual language of characters moving in dialogue, a messy diary per se. The pictorial space inhabits movement, projection, and gesture, Like the smudgy square, or the blurry suspended wire that's been struck and left to vibrate; it moves and leaves a trail of motion. The implication is, nothing stops moving. Each player confers with the other, offering point and counterpoint. Like the impromptu call and response between smudges and opacity, erasure and clarity. The forms, however vague or unstable by themselves, collectively achieve balance in that no one form reigns. The unfolding is a build-up, or an escalation, not necessarily a story, but definitely an ask of, what happens next?
Antony Densham "Unearth"
Jan 06 - Feb 12 2022 - 16 days left
Kathryn Markel is pleased to present Unearth, by Antony Densham, the artist’s first solo exhibition with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts. Antony Densham lives in New Zealand, a country well known for its spectacular terrain. It’s not surprising that the landscape has found its way into Densham's work, however implied and abstracted. With respect to the relationship between abstraction and figuration Densham says, ‘The marks are both independent gestures but also acknowledge the brain's tendency to search for representation. I’m looking for this middle ground, to confound the space somehow through the interchange of revealing and concealing.” Densham’s strata-like paint strokes evoke an archaeologist's tool marks and that what was discovered; the gestures combined with a palette of rich tones also become entities unto themselves. The faceting of the vista into a pattern of planes illustrates the painter’s quiet attentiveness to both his process and to his surroundings.