David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by three painters: Paul Bloodgood, Leonard Bullock, and Greg Kwiatek. Despite diverse formal approaches, each artist uses landscape as a conceptual point of departure. Resisting direct representation, each simultaneously engages traditions of abstract painting, ultimately affording medium priority over subject.
Forging a dialogue with early 20th-century abstraction and 17th-century late Ming landscape painting, Paul Bloodgood explores the expressive capability of line as an embodiment of form. He attempts to capture both the rough topography and the sensorial experience of landscape, defining it as much as an energetic system as a corporeal one. His compositions begin with preparatory collages that combine photographs and drawn spaces to create a new painting vernacular; the sense of cohesion and distance achieved in the final works, through this mediated process, is echoed formally on the canvases in the comprehensive, aerial-like viewpoint and cool, mineral-based palette.
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