John Cronin: Standard Deviation

John Cronin, Standard Deviation, 2012, oil on aluminium, 60 x 120 x 3 cm (courte
John Cronin, Standard Deviation, 2012, oil on aluminium, 60 x 120 x 3 cm (courtesy the artist and Red on Green Gallery)

John Yau reviews the recent exhibition John Cronin: Standard Deviation at Red on Green Gallery, Dublin.

Yau writes: "Cronin’s paintings are a record of their coming into being, which links them to Abstract Expressionism. The difference — an important one — is that they convey no nostalgia for the so-called glory days of painting. In addition to being done on aluminum, they do not rely on gestural brushstrokes; the one big splash of poured white paint I saw in one painting was a solid puddle spreading into tentacles of insubstantiality, while evoking the harsh, ghostly light of computer screens. The artist further reinforces the connection to computers elsewhere in this painting through the use of artificial colors we associate with the web."