John Henderson, Flowers, 2010, framed color photograph, 15 x 13".

John Henderson

Golden Gallery, Inc. | Chicago

John Henderson, Flowers, 2010, framed color photograph, 15 x 13".

“The Frugal Genius,” John Henderson’s first solo exhibition, offered four small paintings (the longest of which was twenty by sixteen inches), three cast-aluminum reliefs made to resemble paintings, one screen, and one framed photograph. The installation ringed the walls of Golden Gallery’s intimate storefront space with works that encompassed the range of painting’s many and often puzzling endgame strategies. From sweeping arabesque lines to tight fields of blocky impasto, a mash-up of gestures was represented, as Henderson self-consciously restaged various canonical modes of painterly expression and popular forms of appropriation.

Take, for example, Cleaning, 2010. In this nearly seven-minute black-and-white video loop, we see Henderson mopping the hardwood studio floor, making grand swooshes, broad, looping rhythmic drags with the head of a wet mop. It is an unmistakable riff

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