New York

Floyd Johnson

Leslie Rankow Gallery

Floyd Johnson’s paintings are unstretched canvases in which concise, often multiple shapes float behind fluid stains of color. The result suggests a combination found in the early painting of Ron Davis. The combination in both painters seems somewhat artificial, an obvious attempt at some kind of universal duality, although Johnson’s is more mystical and Davis’ more formal. In Johnson’s case, the elements combined are often among the worst of those possible. The geometry is too often complicated and decorative in an attempt to also be organic; the fluid areas too often suggest Paul Jenkins at his most intimate and complex. Almost every painting in the show suffers from either the first or the second of these weaknesses, and several suffer from both. With these geometric shapes floating to the surface, the paintings tend to look like an illustration for the idea of painting as a mystical

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