Julian Kreimer: Recognizable & Contemplative

Julian Kreimer, 16 Packets, 2010-12, oil on linen, 19 x 19 inches (courtesy of t
Julian Kreimer, 16 Packets, 2010-12, oil on linen, 19 x 19 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Sharon Butler blogs about the work of painter Julian Kreimer, whose exhibition Julian Kreimer: Coming and Going was recently on view at Weeknights Gallery, Brooklyn.

Kreimer paints both from observation and non-objectively, the "accuracy of color placement and representation of light in the observational paintings inform the abstractions, allowing both to exist as windows into environments either recognizable or contemplative," according to the artist. Kreimer's approach causes Butler to wonder: "in our age of interdisciplinary practice, why more painters aren't freely including both mimetic and non-objective paintings in their exhibitions. Aren't the days of rigorous seriality and artist branding over?"