New York

Michael Hurson

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Michael Hurson’s portrait drawings ought to be the easiest things to write about, so sociable, so garrulous do they appear. But they are not easy to write about at all. I think (and the tentativeness that is at the heart of Hurson’s work enforces a reciprocal uncertainty) that this is because the drawings are somehow fugitive, so almost not there that the crude formulations of critical language seem overbearing, threatening to lock them within impossibly immobile interpretations.

What is most remarkable about Hurson’s work is its fluidity. It is not simply that he is extremely fluent in his means, although he does have great technical and stylistic facility. It is also that he has the flexibility of mind to move from medium to medium, from painting to model-building to writing to drawing—a nervous string of activities which share only a sense that identity is somehow constituted from an

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