Mark Innerst

Curt Marcus Gallery

Mark Innerst’s recent paintings continue his meditations on the traditions of landscape and still life, the history of art and the artifice of history. The ironic nostalgia at the heart of his project appears as a transformative replay of motifs and styles from the history of European and American painting: from the Romantic sublime of Turner, Friedrich, and the Luminists, to the descriptive exactitude of Dutch still life. Some recent works cross over into the 20th century, invoking the Precisionists and Piet Mondrian. Loving yet disabused, Innerst’s meticulous, exquisite technique embalms as well as honors its precursors. These paintings maintain their esthetic and intellectual tension precisely to the extent that they demand at once affective involvement and ironic composure.

Innerst’s quasi-Luminist landscapes in miniature have been shown before, but they remain startling, even disquieting.

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