new-york

Andrew Ehrenworth

Taylor | Graham

Continuing a trajectory from his earlier portraits of dogs whose faces appeared to be melting, Andrew Ehrenworth’s eleven new paintings are based on standard-issue photographs of grade-school children, although these faces are more Carrie than Marcia Brady. Enlarging what might have been wallet-size images to five-by-five or two-by-two-foot canvases, Ehrenworth intends to convey a generalized idea of childhood: Benjamin, Mary, Kate, Bill, Andrea, and Beth evoke kids he knew growing up in a New Jersey suburb. But the canvases look as if they’ve been rained on: Paint is applied in a very fluid state and allowed to run down the compositions vertically, with drips accumulating along the bottom edges. As the unnaturally bright, harsh colors trickle down, hair and clothing dissolve into abstractions, features become grotesquely misshapen and smeared.

The humor evident in Ehrenworth’s images of

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