Jordan Kasey: Strangely Lit and Shadowed Paintings

Jordan Kasey, Practicing Piano, 2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches (courtesy Nicelle Beauchene Gallery)
Jordan Kasey, Practicing Piano, 2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches (courtesy Nicelle Beauchene Gallery)

Dennis Kardon reviews Jordan Kasey: Exoplanet at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, on view through March 12, 2017.

Kardon writes: "The force that drives the engine of Kasey’s work is her eschewal of the flat-earth ideology (collaged, cartoony or photo-derived, super-flat figuration) of many of her contemporaries. Although sharing formal explorations with older painters like Dana Schutz and Nicole Eisenman, Kasey has developed an idea of space and light that owes its complexity to traditional shading, shadow, and tonal control, but is nevertheless obviously artificial in its eccentric color, cinematic scale, and close-up framing. The result is an ambiguity and intimacy that feels totally contemporary."