12/07/2006

Jacqueline Humphries

45 comments:

Painter said...

Jacqueline Humphries
Greene Naftali
526 W 26th, 8th floor
NYC

SisterBee said...

I LOVE the color and energy and drippiness of this painting. The linear slashes are curious. They make me wonder about how the painting was constructed. A puzzle painting.

closeuup said...

one of my favorite painters. much more of a wide open landscape feel than previous work. Bit of a von Heyl influence coming in

Karl's Blog said...

Smart, interesting, new. Looks like she knows what she's doing. I will check these out today.

poppy said...

interesting paint and tape and paint technique.
mask off areas, paint in an ab ex fashion, mask off other areas and repeat.
not knocking it,. it can produce very intersting results. surprising results.
its part of the appeal of painting. I don't seem to see a whole lot of work that is simply about experimenting with paint for yourself..good balance, not overly conceptual..

SisterBee said...

Masking tape. I keep thinking of masking tape when I look at this painting.

triple diesel said...

Cool. Seems like she's been hanging out with Charlene von Heyl and husband, Christopher Wool. Did you see his scrubby, spraypaint paintings at Luhring Augustine?

zipthwung said...

I heard its hard to keep sharp edges when you tape off areas because the paint bleeds under the tape.

One trick I learned from painting houses was you have to pull the tape perpendicular from the line of the tape.

One idea I had was why not just silkscreen your ground and then work into it. That way you get sharp edges and organic stuff too.

Blue is a nice color.

Kill me now.

zipthwung said...

Also - I like the two different image idea - as in Rosenquists women or subway posters that have been torn to reveal the last big thing underneath.

SO no one had anything to say about the last painter. I thought there was some good content but no one was into it I guess. That is sad. I feel sorry for people like cadredlight sometimes.

heidilolatheayatollah said...

Wow! Thanks painter, I had not seen her work before, but am really grateful to know about it. I read the description- backgrounds are silver, can't wait to see this, thanks!!

Karl's Blog said...

Zip, I liked your two posts. Last painter just didn't compel alot of discussion I suppose.

I just saw these paintings in person. Theay are all very big and silvery. You can't get that from the jpegs. They are not shiney but you do get the light reflection from the lights and windows of the room which change their appearance as you walk by them. Also they work as big expressive paintings and the taped areas aren't as apparent. The show overall is really great in Greene Neftali's new and still under cconstruction space. A little too serial at times but one can make the argument that they are focussed and rely on subtle shifts of pallette or marks. The smaller ones looked less energized and some look very 80's retro as the title "80's and 90's " on one of them. Go see them in person.

zipthwung said...

Yeah Im a hater. But I remember her black light poster at ELizabeth Dee which I liked, you know because of its mutagenic properties.

Same dealio, what with the visible spectrum. WHen you get caught between the moon and new york city, you know its like what can you do.

I just had a burger - I guess Old Dirty Bastard shot a video there. RIP.

RIP George WS Trow Too

Like takin' carrie to the high school prom
Something's always goin'' wrong

zipthwung said...

Whats your favorite gallery for total overall pretention?

zipthwung said...

Aesthetic issues are foregrounded but beauty is a by-product and formal issues are the scaffolding to project the experience, not ends in themselves.

"Contemporary consciousness is completely absorbed in abstraction, the shared reality of that is everywhere and in everything. How I engage that in painting is very intuitive. It is part of being in the flow which is life. I set propositions for myself in painting which are about discovering what is real."

-JH

My dog barks some. Mentally you picture my dog but I have not told you the type of dog which I have. Perhaps you even picture Toto, from The Wizard of Oz. But I warn you my dog is always with me. WOOF!

poppy said...

One thing you can do if you venture this route is be patient. let paint dry and mask off. also i'm guessing oil on canvas.. I would need to be working on many paintings at once for this. Usually you can find certain tapes that don't bleed or only slightly. pick up variety of stuff at hardware store. You'd be surprised how many tapes exist. Also they make a type of sticky stencil tape..very sticky stuff.

I'm gonna go look up this lady now and check rest of work.. Having not seen her other stuff i could see this work hopping down the Op Art trail

Karl's Blog said...

For isms, it belongs to Abstract Expressionism. I think an appetite is growing for complete abstract painting. I just read a report from Miami in which Lucy Mitchell-Innes said that abstract may be the next big thing. Their show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash is currently exhibiting a painting show called "Abstract" Koenig is showing large abstract work currently. D-Terras is showing large abstract paintings. Sikkema is putting some on the wall right now. I like it. Bring in the neo-abstact.

zipthwung said...

Doily Stencil

Materials
Paper doilies
Acrylic paint
Stencil brush
Plain covered binders or notebooks

Technique
1. Double up two doilies and tape onto desired object.

2. Apply paint with a "pouncing" motion, also known as stippling, onto the doily’s cutout area, being careful not to go beyond the outside edge of the doily.


3. Carefully remove doilies and allow paint to dry for about an hour.


Cheaper than the vinyl masking film

And with the doilys you can stencil gold or chrome paint to trick out your car.

poppy said...

i'm aware this painting belongs to the ism of ab ex.... the op comes from the masked stenciled effect..i could become this more so with much overlay...

PrettyPablum said...

Seems like her recent work is the best. There are some other abstract painters that are a bit "older" and hitting their stride too.
Something about the monochrome feels lacking but I'm sure the experience of viewing paint handling in person makes up for it.

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heidilolatheayatollah said...

t's nice to hear that everyone likes the latest work, I'm new to her work but so often you hear people discussing an artists new work with either "I liked the older work better" or "getting stuck in a rut" (I like what yuskavage said about it being necessary to turn a stone over and over to get at the thing) .......

So it is good to see that refuted, and to hear unanimous positivity that she is hitting her stride. I think a sterotype has evolved in the arts that an artist peaks at a young age, so get 'em while they're hot, who knows when they will "peak".......

The problem with that is it limits an artists "shelf life" , each artist has their own pace and timeline. Over generalizations are dangerous and ultimatey hurts all artists , regardless of age, who are trying to make a life of painting.

On another note, I tried gaffer tape and it stuck well but I thought it was gonna rip my canvas open trying to take it off. Just a warning folks.

Cooky Blaha said...

she taught at my undergrad some, I kinda think these are theory heavy, not ab-ex at all really, as the space between painter and mark are seperated by various means, both conceptual and physical,...plus consideration of the decorative quality of these type of marks;colors;images,...plus there definitely seems to be a dialogue with photog-reference,ie photog referencing painters as in Richter's abstract work, perhaps David Reed, Steven Ellis......these are kinda decoratively sexy while being offputtingly intelligent, perhaps a bit too much for my taste. She's a generation or two under Richter's influence, so to say ab-ex seems insulting to the work, but hey thats just my take

cadmiumredlite said...

i think the concept of gestural doesnt always mean its" ab ex", and being a few or more generations away from it makes it even more so, just because someone uses those devises it limits the work to use that language on it. i do however think her work looks like the love child between christopher wool and his wife, charlene con heyl, a bit too much of late, the show at damelio terras also uses some gestures but is far away from the spirit of ab ex, what is the alternative, to go gridlike and heavy taped i think the theory becomes bullshit in the end, its how the paintings look and these look a bit one note, but i like the silver grounds.

no-where-man said...

whoa, painting bukackie, party!

Karl's Blog said...

I was using Ab-Ex in its most literal meaning. Is it not Abstract? Is she not being Expressive? I think the schools and the language gets misinterpreted as having to fit into a time-frame. Obviously, she isn't painting alongside De Kooning but she is a contemporary of Cecily Brown. What do you call them if not AB-Ex or Neo-Abstract? I don't think it is insulting to the work to try to link it to other similar painting. I am a big fan of this burgeoning scene of Wool and Von Heyl painters. I think it is getting very exciting. Fuck theory.

zipthwung said...

No Rob Pruitt did that at GB. These integrate the denim into the picture plain.

Am I right? C'mon, gimme an unagi hand roll or its more concrete poetry untill the end of time.

Cooky Blaha said...

even if it's disjoined from its art-historical meaning the ex in ab-ex denotes expression via emotion, raw feeling....perhaps that is present here, to my eyes the painterly choices here seem much more determined by the mind than the gut. Neo abstract I could buy though, no heated argument here I'm just saying Abex is such a loaded word and doesnt really help us appreciate this work
{i think]

just read Zip,. good point, if you want fuck theory those Pruitts fit the bill as a counter to these;now that you say it I'm seeing denim in em too. whose ass would look good in these?

Karl's Blog said...

Yeah your right. too much baggage with that label and it doesn't help here. However, I do see this work as expressive and from the gut. I personally don't like talking about theory and that is what I meant. I will try to figure out what Pruitt did at GB but I really didn't get it when I saw his work at the Whitney B.

no-where-man said...

the R.P. looks well in the back of the L.Owens show - no comments on this for cerial? on here even side jokeie? i mean its a painters joke right?

i mean... i am not sure if i can digest this all...

Faith
Failure
Fail


One little spark of inspiration,
Is at the heart of all creation.
Right at the start of everything that's new,
One little spark lights up for you.

poppy said...

i guess the masking interupts the gut..
but what of the contemplated moves that come quickly?
I mean to say i'm not sure i buy that some of the exer's didn't mull over their work, that all came with the same speed and/or ferocity..

reminds me of the guy who got busted for having presketched his so called spontaneous unconscious paintings...
it was still the same product appreciated before the revelation..

Anonymous said...

I don't think the masking interrupts the gut at all. There are chances that it opens the gut into a more interesting exploration and keeps the painting open--adds layers instead of illusionist depth. They're good.

Jeans, blue jeans. I see the thread though untied with a plastic button looped through: Jacqueline pulling it, and then releasing.
Get close or far enough away and likely you can see that button--spinning, spinning, spinning with the sound it makes.

Cooky Blaha said...

@nwm I love Pruitt's jeans series, and agree with you about laura's show, thought it was garishly weak in a surprising way. I almost liked that painting of horses behind the desk, the rest I couldnt really handle..I was kinda surprised the release didnt mention hans richter, whose drawings (which were at the Janos Gat Gallery not too long ago) she quoted almost directly in some of the kling klang dadaist type stuff

no-where-man said...

stylisticly mirroring typographic tropes? surface surfing dada? i heard mm sold the armory show & G.B. couldn't get it together for Miami so he threw down a pony.

triple diesel said...

It seems like the tape does intterupt the "gestural" parts of this gestural abstraction. There's no gesture in laying down tape. Laying down tape is like ruling a long line; it takes planning and precision.

How cool that the controlled lines of tape sometimes mask out the dripping paint, and sometimes the dripping paint rolls over the lines of tape.

That's why JH and Charlene von Heyl are interesting - they bring in these "planned" components to their otherwise AbEx-like painting. We still think these paintings owe a lot to CvH, although they are much more glam and gauche.

triple diesel said...

Hey karl's blog, we took a stab at Rob Pruitt's GB show , if you are interested.

Karl's Blog said...

I am interested. Thanks for the link. That site is great and I will keep up with it. Somehow Pruitt never landed on my radar except for seeing the Whit Bi. Silver paintings. Now I get the reference.

zipthwung said...

Yolk yolk yolk.

Anonymous said...

TD I have to say just love your writing style: Cheyney Dec was a smash.
in the case of interruption you are so correct that sometimes the swish mark moves over the line which is not that surprising. This would tell us the taped area went down first. Visa versa with the same amount of 'plainspoken heart' when the taped area rolls over the swatch of feeble wish of hoe, the taped area can be seen.
So now I'm back where didn't want to be: compelled to resume position within the boundaries, slaves, dichotomies of flayed paint vs tape. And for a foolish moment I thought I was free.

triple diesel said...

thanks, dudes

ad3pt said...

I liked JH paintings over the past two years - getting a little slasher , a little heavier. i didnt really rock with her earlier work too hard. i think formally it wasn't as fun. her palette seems to be getting tonier, silvers are interesting. seems likes shes departing from the dripping. the coposition works for me - pretty even execution. its like shes taking metallica (pre black album) and adding joan mitchell.

closeuup said...

its like shes taking metallica (pre black album) and adding joan mitchell.

that sounds cool--but both metallica and JM have way more angst--and more tempo changes

zipthwung said...

need more metallica. Add some Budgie, even.

Anonymous said...

Not that is means anything
but if I had painted this painting I would have named it "Attack of the Quadra-sector 4 fighting machines in the orbit of Meridian X-Lusitania".

Bet you a dollar its got a boring-er title in real life, word up G.

exu said...

just was staring at a pack of dentyne ice-this looks a lot like it

Anonymous said...

this painting definitely upholds a power which gesture and confident brush work produces...and a cool beauty..though the tape lines are a touch unsettling, not so much because of the graphic quality produced by them, which I think is quite nice in relation to the contrary, but because it suggests masking tape.