The Goo of Paint: How Every Mark Matters

Dana Schutz, Sneeze, 200, oil on canvas, 19 x 19 inches (courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery)
Dana Schutz, Sneeze, 200, oil on canvas, 19 x 19 inches (courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery)

Jennifer Coates writes about the "referential potential of the painterly gesture." Coates' exhibition Carb Load ws recently on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).

Coates concludes: "The myriad ways to treat the goo of paint speak of both destruction and careful manipulation. When images break down into lawless, senseless viscosity, there is a threat to the order of things. This threat is productive, as the viscosity can relay messages about human behavior: The goo tells us about what we want: to be purified, to be a hero, to eat, to kill, to covet. The plight of the contemporary painter is to be aware of the implications in all the ways that paint can be manipulated; in some cases, that means teasing out meaning from every squish, ooze, and splash."

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