Verso 4

Reverse side of acrylic painting on unprimed canvas. 72 x 60 in.

Verso series –

These abstract landscapes are the reverse side of paintings made on unprimed canvas. They represent the untold story or meaning behind art – whatever that means to the individual viewer.

Verso 7

Reverse side of acrylic painting on unprimed canvas. 72 x 60 in.

I think of the Verso paintings as a continuation of the vanishing point of perspective – through the canvas and out into the light of day for the first time. The application of paint has subtle, yet profound differences that the casual viewer will not notice, but that would baffle an art conservationist.

Kelley Johnson: Slow Hum, at Freight+Volume

Kelley Johnson’s work build on concepts from Op Art expanded field theory.

At first glance, they look like dimensional objects, but on closer inspection they become more like paintings, so there is a tension and shifting between the gaze and the glance.

Which reminds me of a chapter by the same title written by my old ‘pal’ Norman Bryson back in the 1980s.

All of which reinvigorates the subject of painting, which seems to have been partially subsumed into the digital sphere of late.