Polychrome Fiction

Joanne Greenbaum, Dollar General, 2008, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inche
Joanne Greenbaum, Dollar General, 2008, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 inches
 (courtesy Greengrassi, London)

Alice Thorson reviews the exhibition Joanne Greenbaum & Jackie Saccoccio: Polychrome Fiction at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, on view through September 8, 2013.

Thorson writes: "There is barely a straight line to be found in either artist’s work: amorphous shapes bleed and overlap, soft webs prevail over grids, cascades and whorls create a dynamic of motion and change. At a time when a threatened environment seems to be fighting back, political intransigence has deadlocked social progress, women’s bodies are still seen as subjects for regulation, and the virtual is eclipsing the real, Saccoccio and Greenbaum weigh in on the same side. The works of both artists offer an argument against rigidity, not just in painting, but by extension, in the larger cultural mindset, beginning with their rejection of rules."