new-york

Gary Bower

O.K. Harris Gallery

Hoyland’s show consisted of two kinds of paintings only when considered in terms of the extremes, but there was a middle ground between the extremes so that his paintings could be seen as a progression. However, Gary Bower’s show at O.K. Harris was a case of excluded middle and consisted of two distinct kinds of paintings, which are supposedly not chronologically distinct. Four of Bower’s paintings were a continuation of his earlier work based on horizontal-vertical-diagonal grid structures; but the new grid paintings are made of layers of gestural brushstrokes within which the grid of masking tape is laid down and removed so the paintings are, in a sense, all gestural brushstrokes, including the formation of the grids. Portions of the grids are so overwhelmed by so much brushwork as to get lost entirely. Bower’s interest in these paintings seems to be in the conflict between the wildness

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