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"Flair: Work by Tim Bavington, Alex Blau, Gregory Dennis, Jennifer Faist, Stephen Giannetti, Terry Haggerty, Gary Szymanski, Sharon Weiner, and Yek"
2003-01-09 until 2003-02-08
Heather Marx Gallery
San Francisco, CA,
USA United States of America
When one hears or sees the word Flair, images such as English Dandys, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Jimi Hendrix’s guitar solos, Willie Mays’ running basket catches, and Dorothy Parker & Oscar Wilde’s scathing barbs flood the mind. These are people and things that have, and still manage to, demand our attention – either through fashion, song, verse, or raw ability – and scream, “Look at me!”
Rarely do we discuss paintings as having “flair”. But in this exhibition, the first installment of an ongoing series of exhibitions investigating flair in art, Marx proposes we do just that. Artists, good ones, have always been able to recognize what is good and useful in their art, and a certain flair is sometimes just the ticket to push the work over the edge to the realm of pure beauty and sensual joy. In this inaugural show, Marx will highlight the work of nine contemporary abstract painters who demonstrate a certain flashiness or flamboyance in their painting that demands our attention.
A few intriguing examples of what to expect to see in this show are the seductive and electrically charged striped paintings by Las Vegas-based painter Tim Bavington; the delicious post color-field paintings by Bay Area artist Stephen Giannetti; the heavily layered paintings by LA painter Sharon Weiner, which offer a revision of Turnerseque landscapes that hint at fiery solar systems; and the cool oil and resin pieces by LA painter Jennifer Faist, which revisit that city’s love for finish fetish in bold, brilliant colors.
35 x 35 x 3,
acrylic latex and enamel on panel, 2002