Nicholas Krushenick: Inventing Pop Abstraction

Nicholas Krushenick, Electric Soup, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 90 1/8 x 75 inches
Nicholas Krushenick, Electric Soup, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 90 1/8 x 75 inches (courtesy of the Hall Collection)

Stephen Westfall reviews Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, on view through August 16, 2015.

Westfall writes: "Krushenick's work is too Pop for the abstract purists and too abstract for Pop's populism. Maybe that's why it doesn't look dated in the least... Krushenick's paintings are akin to representation in the way they expose and tie their own perceptual operations to their thingness, but the works never become something we're sure we know. Instead, they twist and crease, morph into tooth, claw and lightning bolt, and resolve back into abstract patterns in a prolonged instant-constantly open, like all signs, to both the rules and vagaries of interpretation."