Patricia Treib: Theater of Abstraction

Patricia Treib, Accoutrements, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 50 inches (courtesy of
Patricia Treib, Accoutrements, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 50 inches (courtesy of Wallspace)

Gabriela Salazar reviews an exhibition of paintings by Patricia Treib at Wallspace, New York, on view through December 21, 2013.

Salazar writes: "Treib’s marks read as simultaneously improvised and practiced. She works on the floor or a tabletop, and the paint, responsive between the surface of the canvas and the pressure of the brush, bleeds and blots slightly at the edges, recording with expressive exactitude the process of its making. The paint is thinned to the consistency of buttermilk, and her bright and pure colors become either faint or enlivened through their transparency to the off-white ground. Many of the works hover near the scale of a human body, which redoubles the sense that Treib is choreographing us alongside her."