new-york

Michael Tetherow

Bykert Gallery

In his first New York one-man exhibition, Michael Tetherow exhibited a series of vertically rectangular paintings, each with two holes about six inches apart slightly above center. The paint is applied in a controlled splattered technique and is almost entirely monochromatic except around the holes where there is always an aura of contrasting colors. Generally, a pale brown, orange or red will, at the center, give way to drips of brighter blues, reds, and yellows. The ideas Tetherow seems concerned with—visibility of process, literalness of the support and some kind of perversity—are current, but the actual elements he uses are both academic in isolation and arbitrary in combination. It is quite obvious that the holes are meant to contradict the spatial illusion of the splatters and to jolt the viewer back to an awareness of the paintings’ two-dimensionality. The holes are jolting in other

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