New York

Ron Gorchov

Fischbach Gallery

If clumsiness is primarily a by-product of Humphrey’s articulate use of too much paint, it is the modus operandi of Ron Gorchov. Gorchov had his first New York show since 1966 this spring. Unlike Humphrey, he is explicitly involved with physical gesture, with a personalized mark and style of drawing which extends itself into a painted surface. Yet gesture occurs within a very restricted format, and it is this format which accounts for much of the clumsiness. Gorchov paints on an awkwardly shaped canvas, generally rectangular, but which curves out on the horizontal and in on the vertical. (This means that the top and bottom of the canvas are further forward than the center section which in turn is further forward than the sides.) He paints with two colors, one for most of the surface and another for two marks which he makes in the middle of the surface, painting the right mark with his

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