Katie Geha reviews two painting exhibitions in Austin, Texas: Sam Sanford: Furniture Music at N Space (through September 15) and Jeremy DePrez: Not a Crack or a Split at Farewell Books.
Geha writes: "What is nice about Sanford and Deprez’s recent exhibitions is the ease in describing what the works are seemingly about. So often abstraction confuses the viewer. Longing for meanings that are not easily proffered, critics turn to discussing the process of making or the biography of the artist. And while we might be able to say 'fabric design' or 'bathroom,' the works complicate these simplistic readings by being very good non-objective paintings. Sanford and DePrez hinge their work on ordinary objects, abstracting the world that surrounds them by quietly borrowing and subverting modernist tropes of abstract painting."