Richard Aldrich, I(?), 2017, oil and wax on panel, 14 × 10".

Richard Aldrich, I(?), 2017, oil and wax on panel, 14 × 10".

Richard Aldrich


At first, Richard Aldrich’s recent exhibition “Sings” appeared to be a self-contained system indifferent to the outside world. Featuring four small abstract paintings and a work on paper of similar size, along with a sculpture, the show offered no press release with contextual information, no explication of the subjects or the ideas behind the works, and no poetic text that could serve as an entry into the artist’s thinking. The gallery supplied visitors only with the title of the exhibition and those of the individual works (some of them Untitled). Misako & Rosen’s architecture, a single windowless room with a concrete floor and a high ceiling, enhanced the sense of hermeticism. This was an exhibition, one noticed immediately, that demanded a patient engagement.

The paintings were all made with oil and wax on panels measuring fourteen by ten inches. While they could all be described as

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