Absence and mark, void and depth, speak to the conflicting impulses at play in the work and in the language of gestural painting
Naturally, given the character of gestural painting
, certain margins of error are tolerated in light of the distraction afforded by overt brushwork and other tracks of engagement.
It's a welcome chance to take stock of this central aspect of Oehlen's work, especially now, as discussions around gestural painting
Three large paintings faced off to brilliant effect: a Twombly-esque iconographic index, Open Ibri Gabe Gabe, 1983; a splendidly sinister Photorealist image of a man in sock garters and cowboy boots catching a ball before an audience of sophisticates (Regardez-moi [Look at Me], 1970, from the series "L'Approche"[The Approach]); and Giotto--Atelier de Gasiorowski, 1984, a vigorous, gestural painting
of a hooded figure hulking away from the viewer, remarkable in its spontaneity and handling of space.
His gestural paintings
are infused with colour, energy, spontaneity and emotion.
Best known for her gestural paintings
as well as her catalytic activism, Joan Snyder (b.
There are several enormous canvases that appear to be abstract compositions but are in fact boisterous, gestural paintings
of crowds pouring through deconstructed urban landscapes.
At Praxes, where works were presented in several changing constellations over three and a half months (according to the operative principle of the place), the artist alternately showed her signature gestural paintings
or sculptures made of transparent resin and bejeweled bling alongside mirrored panels, the last in particular making viewing a literal act of self-reflection.
On others, allover and violently gestural paintings
cover the blue screens of death that once told you your cable was Out or that your OS met an unhandleable exception.