John Zurier @ Peter Blum

John Zurier, Before and After Summer, 2014, oil on linen, 78 x 48 inches (courte
John Zurier, Before and After Summer, 2014, oil on linen, 78 x 48 inches (courtesy of Peter Blum Gallery)

Eleanor Ray reviews John Zurier: West of the Future at Peter Blum Gallery, New York, on view through April 4 2015.

Ray writes that "Zurier’s work has been moving toward a sturdier sense of individuality, complicating his frequent categorization as a monochromatic painter. The works in his current show—the Berkeley-based artist’s fourth at Peter Blum—assert themselves as a cast of characters. The 14 oil and distemper paintings (all 2014 and 2015) move between the concrete and the suggestive, as indicated by their titles: half refer to specific locations, and the other half to seasons or times of day. Zurier has long worked in a range of sizes, and only two paintings here have the same dimensions. They are not vast and ungraspable; even the largest, around 78 × 48 inches, feels approachable in scale. Human-sized and firmly material, these paintings function as equivalents, pieces of weather brought inside as figures, each with an insistent specificity of format and surface character."