Charles Andresen, Frozen Jesters, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 38".

Charles Andresen

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Charles Andresen, Frozen Jesters, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 44 x 38".

This selection of works by Charles Andresen, curated by Chris Byrne, was subtitled “Paintings 2001–2011,” though seven of the eight were dated between 2007 and 2011, with just one from 2001. But the dates hardly seemed to matter; in this oeuvre, consistency trumps development, so if all the dates were scrambled, you’d never notice the difference. And I suspect this would have been true even if the chronological scope of the exhibition had been greater. The work on hand was made according to a procedure Andresen has been using since at least 1996, when Richmond Burton described it in a text written for an exhibition he curated for apexart in New York: Andresen “begins with a pool of gel floating in a basin. The artist then takes squeeze bottles filled with paint and squirts the paint into the gel, creating the color and the design of the image. Once he is satisfied with the result,

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