New York

Raymundo Sesma

Kerr Gallery

Amid a continuing glut of apocalyptic shrieking—or merely lurid brushwork—by nth-generation expressionists, Raymundo Sesma’s paintings are immediately appealing if only for their subduedness. With their subtle tonalities, finely veined or mottled surfaces, and merger of naturalistic and nonobjective forms, the works’ presence is a reserved one. Inevitably, although seemingly without a dialectical intention, they serve as a counterpoint to the louder personalities of current painting. Yet the artist, a native of Chaitas, Mexico, and a resident of Milan, does acknowledge his works’ spirit by titling the series "Paintings of Silence.”

Sesma’s “silence” suggests an emphasis on pure visibility—an absorption with the look of the work—and in-deed those material qualities have been invested with great care. The dry, roughened surfaces suggest variously the short, choppy strokes of stucco on bungalows

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