Thursday, September 27, 2012

Art in America online/James Welling

Welling on Wyeth

James Welling is well-known for creating photographic abstractions that blend arcane techniques with extreme innovation. Now the artist is pushing the boundaries of his photographic compositions toward the idea of painting, with the help of the late American painter Andrew Wyeth. His latest body of photographs, "Overflow," at David Zwirner through Oct. 27, includes documentation, image-manipulation and digital abstraction. The photographs show straightforward images of Wyeth's studio, figurative renderings meant to conjure the feeling of an environment, and water-and-graphite abstractions that evoke painting at its most primeval.
VIEW SLIDESHOW James Welling_ G19V1, 2012. Archival inkjet print. 51 7/8 x 40 inches, 131.8 x 101.6 cm.; James Welling, FD1M, 2012. Archival inkjet print. 48 x 40 inches, 121.9 x 101.6 cm.;

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Art in America online/Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman

Get a Room: Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman at Marlborough Chelsea

In the three years since Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman have shown in New York, a lot has changed-not the least of which being the shuttering, by New York City officials, of all government-run Off Track Betting (OTB) parlors in 2010. The artists, whose 2009 show at Deitch Projects, "Black Acid Co-Op," featured an exploded crystal meth lab, have tapped OTBs—state-run facilities that allowed glassy-eyed gamblers to bet on horse races in the middle of New York City—for a comeback of sorts. The gambling parlors play a starring role in the artist's latest multi-roomed installation, titled "Stray Light Grey," which opens Sept. 16 at Marlborough Chelsea.