Here is a group of artists whose work I find provocative, and who are as yet, with the exception of Louisa Chase, relatively unknown. Not all of these people are painters. Marano and Gober are doing sculpture, Huntley uses bread mold instead of paint, but all think in a very painterly way about their work. All of the younger artists whose work is reproduced here cross the lines between painting and sculpture, and do not seem interested in the old issue of ‘what is it’. They do it and what it is called is up to you.
Winters and Marano are young artists whose work has already achieved a clarity and vision. Winters will show in N.Y. this year. Chase’s work is already known, but has not as yet received much critical attention. Goodwin and Snider have shown in the N.Y. area for years, have made original contributions, but have never received the attention they deserve. Hashey, whose work is known only to her friends, has been doing some fascinating painting for a number of years.
The younger artists here—Gober, Dryer, Alzamora, Fox, Pardi and Huntley are just getting started, but are already creating work that is ambitious and quirky in a way that interests me greatly.
I’m attracted to these artists for a variety of reasons—the clarity and thoughtfulness of Marano’s painted wood sculpture, confounding ideas of 2-d and 3-d spaces—the deeply personal, sometimes goofy and sometimes sad fantasy images of Snider and Chase—the stubborn physicality of Goodwin—the brilliant painting and wonderful shape inventions of Winters.
Jan Hashey, Resale, 1982, oil on canvas, 168 × 108 inches. Photo by Y. Minagawa.
Jenny Snider, Monday, detail from 7 Days and 7 Nights, 1981–1982, 8 × 10 inches, oil on paper on canvas.
Guy Goodwin, Heart of the River, 1980–1981, oil on wood, 65 × 69 × 12 inches.
Kristen Huntley, Florida, 1982, bread mold.
Lizbeth Marano, Glacial Lean, 1981, painted wood, 36 × 80 × 52 inches.
Terry Winters, oil on canvas, 1982.
Bob Gober, Untitled, plaster over wire mesh and steel rod. Man, 24 × 24 × 18 inches.
Mitch Fox, Chair, 1981, oil, 47⅝ × 48⅜ inches.
Moira Dryer, Untitled, 1982, oil on canvas, 24 × 24 inches.
Elizabeth Pardi, Untitled, oil on canvas, 54 × 90 inches.
V. Alzamora, Untitled, oil on canvas, 47 × 64 inches.
Louisa Chase, Snowstorm, 1982, oil on canvas, 84 × 108 inches. Photo courtesy of Robert Miller Gallery. Photo by eeva-inkeri.