Julian Kreimer @ the Lux Art Institute

Julian Kreimer, Cactus #2, 2015, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches (courtesy of the a
Julian Kreimer, Cactus #2, 2015, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches (courtesy of the artist and Lux Art Institute)

Meghan Gordon reviews works by Julian Kreimer at the Lux Art Institute, on view through March 21, 2015

Gordon writes: "The gallery is dominated by mostly small paintings made on the grounds of the residency. Kreimer’s close-cropped images of prickly pear cactus piles steal the show, even among a salon-style wall arrangement of 20 or so gems. The green scraped cactus paddles are striking, with canvas tooth pricking through paint, and the gooey shadows surrounding them are just as good; my arms feel scratched up just looking at them... Perhaps it’s obvious to proclaim that each painting is a document of time and space within his experience, but these studious and delectable works seem to ask more from painting than they know how to communicate individually. Perhaps that is why they work so well compiled on one wall, like cactus paddles. Some artists find excuses to make paintings; Kreimer channels his questions through the medium."