Mitchell Anderson

  • Steven Shearer, The Collector’s Visit, 2019, oil on canvas, artist frame, 22 x 19 3/8".
    picks September 21, 2021

    Steven Shearer

    A portrait is always a paradox of power. The depicted and the depictor; embedded Ozymandias truth or propagandistic lies. Much recent figurative painting has sought, admirably but with some obviousness, to invert and destroy the genre’s entrenched hierarchies. More subtle is Steven Shearer’s examination of portraiture through the lens of those who construct and consume it. The fourteen oils on view in “Working from Life” each depict a solitary artist, collector, or classical bust. They are layered in their prisms of lurid color emanating like gemstone fire and in the dynamics of power they assess

  • Jan Vorisek, Devotion Strategy, 2020, oxford polyester, blower, stools, metal, glass table, lamp, assemblage, dimensions variable.
    picks June 03, 2020

    Jan Vorisek

    Jan Vorisek often mobilizes the aesthetics of his work as a DJ and promoter in his performances and static ouptut. In this exhibition, “Collapse Poem,” the artist offers zones of security and release with dual room-filling installations that are related like the techno cousins Berghain and Lab.Oratory. Devotion Strategy (all works cited, 2020) is a slick black inflatable labyrinth that fills the ground-floor gallery. The tight corridors and thick smell of plasticized barriers elicit both fear and a desire for an undistanced encounter. A rear resection in this fetish bouncy castle reveals Exercise