new-york

Sydney Blum & Mark Schwartz

Bill Bace Gallery

Though Sydney Blum’s large floor sculptures and Mark Schwartz’s paintings unmistakably reflect the conventions of their separate art forms, exhibited together these works generate an exchange of ideas and formal conventions. Eschewing pictorial representation, each artist attempts to portray the volatile energy of the natural world. Their energetic esthetic productions negotiate the zone between abstraction and figuration, denotation and connotation, charting ambiguous territory.

Three very large paintings on unstretched canvases filled the south wall of the gallery. In all the paintings, an unidentifiable form in the center was surrounded by transparent washes of color that created a turbulent atmosphere. Schwartz’s combinations of acrylic, oil, and tar emphasized that matter evolves from energy—from an improbable concentration of atmospheric debris. A visible process of painting, drawing,

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