San Francisco

George Lawson

Khiva Gallery

George Lawson is a 36-year-old Floridian who lives in San Francisco and has been showing regularly there since the mid ’70s and more recently in New York and West Germany. He co-curated the three-gallery “Open Image” exhibition in San Francisco last winter, featuring recent German abstract painting–most of it consistent with his own latter-day reductivist principles. Those principles assert the importance of an individual focus on the exact properties of painting as painting, the essential practicality of which might be summarized by Whitehead’s remark to the effect that “a mood of the finite thing conditions the environment.”

In the case of Lawson’s closely harmonized multipanel works, the trimness of the immediate environment (Lawson’s format of finite, squared-off grids) is conditioned beyond itself—and beyond its restraints—by the mood of each frankly beautiful color and the specific

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