** RECEPTION: 6 – 8 PM THURSDAY 30TH APRIL ** NEW LOCATION: 4 EAST 2ND STREET AND BOWERY, 22ND APRIL – 23 MAY 2009
As the first of three shows in its temporary location at 4 East Second Street, Museum 52 New York presents four artists whose work, at its most simply stated, could be seen as abstract painting. Potentially defunct this ubiquitous phrase tells us very little. The work instead presents modes of execution that allow the adjectives associated with abstraction to be used and simultaneously refuted, questioning the qualities they possess.
Joe Bradley’s series of ‘Schmagoo’ paintings are the result of numerous sketches, which become the seemingly immediate result -effectively honing and contradicting the gesture. The scrawls and doodles,
a mixture of familiar signs and symbols, appear to form an incomplete alphabet of hieroglyphs. Ekblad describes her works as a result of her relation with words and “their potency, smell, vibration and tonality”.
Her sculptures and painting in effect channel writings turning them not into abstractions but instead re-realizing them in her equally personalized vocabulary. Sandner’s painterly renditions of found notes and text
juxtapose the autobiographical with the language of gestural painting. The unexpected result is that they cancel each other out; a subversion and transcendence of both the painted marks and the original marks they represent. Braman’s work possesses a personal, poetic sensibility that reminds us that individuality cannot be edited out, and that the work is richer and more present as a result. Her marks, which incorporate hand written text and abruptly combined materials, formulate an appreciation of
the sculpture and what forms it rather than an attempt to further abstract its existence.