Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wayne Gonzales at Paula Cooper Gallery

Today I saw a show that easily gets my vote for best new paintings of 2009: Wayne Gonzales at Paul Cooper Gallery.

The pictures above don't do the paintings justice, you really have to stand in front of them to see and feel their genuine power. They glow like they're lit from behind, they expand and contract, they seem to shift around right in front of your eyes. They're disorienting in the best possible sense; their scale is completely indeterminate, they could be tiny Christmas lights or exploding stars. There's a note of Bleckner and a hint of Richter, but I could care less - I was blown away.

The show stays open until Dec. 18, and Paul Cooper Gallery is located at 521 w 21st St. in Chelsea. I highly recommend it.