Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Good formalist abstraction is sometimes made by young painters too

I happened onto Meghan Brady's paintings in something of a happenstance way--she's young and is just getting going it seems, but her work is pretty memorable to me because I so rarely get excited by a new painter these days!  The work is varied and unexpected and breathes life into something as seemingly tapped out as good-old-formalist-abstraction.  Don't you just know the best abstraction is being made by women these days?  Some that come to mind at the moment:
Rebecca Morris
Erica Svec
Carrie Gundersdorf
Orly Genger
Michelle Grabner
Sigrid Sandstrom
Lisa Sigal
Now what's that about?

The top image: Untitled (yellow), 2010, oil on canvas, 40.5"x30"
Middle image: Jackrabbit, 2010, oil on canvas, 18"x14"
Bottom image: Gambler, 2008, oil on linen, 16"x16"

Also worth taking a look: Brady's drawing blog.  Collage and all kinds of informality abound.

1 comment:

  1. I love that Lisa Sigal video, especially the idea that "a painting can be a fort." Bring on the flashlight!