New York

Gary Hudson

Reese Palley Gallery

For Gary Hudson, more is not more but visual obfuscation. There is so much going on in his canvases, it ’s hard to see what is really happening. The major visual problem in these paintings is the relationship , or lack of it, between large floating rectangular shapes and the heavily textured areas that surround them. The discontinuity between texture and forms is exacerbated rather than alleviated by sprayed halos around the forms that disengage them even further from their surroundings, allowing them to float freely out in front of the canvas surface.

These are truly schizophrenic paintings. The textured areas are fully as important and in fact more interesting than the spatial play of the rectangular shapes, but the visually stronger activity of the rectangles obscures this other aspect of the canvases almost completely. The textured areas are created by a complex process of placing

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