Mario Naves: Surface Rhythms

Mario Naves, A Pigeon in Catalonia, 2011 acrylic and oil on canvas on wood 24 x
Mario Naves, A Pigeon in Catalonia, 2011 acrylic and oil on canvas on wood 24 x 18 inches (courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York)

John Goodrich reviews an Mario Naves: Recent Paintings at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, on view through February 2, 2013.

Goodrich writes: "Naves’ sixth show at Elizabeth Harris reveals something new: a change in medium, and a more efficient attack that privileges composition over texture. Although still abstract, the works on view are all paintings with highly orchestrated geometric shapes. Close inspection reveals overpainting of areas of many canvases, but the smooth surfaces minimize the show of struggle. The physically layered depths of his collages are gone, replaced by another kind of depth, one purely pictorial in nature. This movement from suggestive textures towards definitive form brings some notable rewards."