New York

Robyn Denny

Elkon Gallery

One traditional way of creating a distinguished looking art through sobriety has been to deal with closely related and restrained colors in very simple and clear formats and to make a series of paintings as investigations of a narrowly limited theme: This is a commonplace of modern painting. But that this itself is no guarantee of good painting has equally been proven. It does, however, often seem to guarantee at least some kind of modest honesty of effect, as if we recognize this as a respectable concern even though we can’t always feel happy about the range of results achieved. And I found myself almost bringing this sort of intentionalist fallacy to the seven paintings by Robyn Denny at the Elkon Gallery. Almost, for I believe there are here important drawbacks even with regard to Denny’s intentions, though they do occupy a place in the tradition I have described.

For a long time Denny

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