new-york

Ron Gorchov

Hamilton Gallery

I have run into Ron Gorchov’s work frequently in group shows, in ones or twos, and I’ve never liked it very much. This show surprised me. I was not made impatient by the large quantity of “shields,” and they actually seemed better in multiple variation. Extensive gallery-going experience leads almost everyone to believe that repetition, series and sets are conducive to deadly boredom. But this show made me feel better about the future of Gorchov’s brand of art—basically an abstract, expressionist signature painting. All you need is one person who does it well.

The paintings are instantly recognizable as “Gorchovs.” That curved, Einsteinian surface, a poke in the ribs at flatness, turns painting into shapely relief without suggesting volume. It’s both concave and convex, sticking out at the top and bottom and receding on the sides. The rounded edges imply a continuous rather than bounded

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