Eric Brown: Playful Strategies

Eric Brown, Hieroglyph, 2015, oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches (courtesy of Ille Art
Eric Brown, Hieroglyph, 2015, oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches (courtesy of Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York)

Rebecca Allan reviews the recent exhibition Eric Brown: Vice Versa at Ille Arts, Amagansett.

Allan writes: "Brightly illuminated against the whitewashed walls of the gallery, the shimmying plaids and high-keyed, off-kilter stripes of these paintings have the pulsating energy of Scandinavian or African textiles. While their sources and influences are deep and varied, they strike me as having a relationship to fabrics, music, and architecture as well as the history of abstract painting through the lineage of Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Myron Stout, and Alice Trumbull Mason. Bridget Riley, though spoiling the alliteration, should also be included in this lineup. Despite these various affinities, Brown’s intimately scaled paintings have a self-containment and reserved exuberance that is taut and refreshing, if sometimes overly modest."