Connie Fox, Sammy’s Beach VIII, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 73 x 78".

Connie Fox


Connie Fox, Sammy’s Beach VIII, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 73 x 78".

The shore of Gardiners Bay on the east end of Long Island is, nominally, the theme of “Sammy’s Beach,” 2007–, a series of acrylic paintings by Connie Fox. Thirteen such works were on view in this exhibition, accompanied by five charcoal drawings from the series “Weeds,” 2010. The two groups comprise gestural abstractions distinguished by compulsiveness and distress, and all are marked by an interplay—invariably dramatic, often violent—of black and white.

The “Sammy’s Beach” works are large, and typically have a strong central area, usually marked by an emphatic shape or shapes. Diamonds appear in Sammy’s Beach I, 2007; the luminous moon (striated with gestures) in Sammy’s Beach III, 2007; a sort of dead bush or brambles (rendered as a dense black flurry of brushstrokes) in the center of Sammy’s Beach X, 2012. In many of these cases, Fox punctuates her lush mark-making

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