Ken Weathersby @ Parallel Art Space

Ken Weathersby, 203 (museum bulletin 1982), 2012, paper, wood, glue 11.5 x 10 in
Ken Weathersby, 203 (museum bulletin 1982), 2012, paper, wood, glue 11.5 x 10 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Mostafa Heddaya reviews works by Ken Weathersby on view in the group show Off the Wall at Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, Queens, New York through March 23, 2014.

Heddaya writes: "From the outside, Weathersby’s pieces straddle the clinical geometry of Op art and the organic architectural character of traditional room dividers and panels, like the Arab mashrabeya or the Japanese screen, and are unobtrusive, orderly, suggestive even of a painterly monasticism... Ken Weathersby is certainly not the first artist to have manipulated painting and denotation, or desecrated the ever-cooling corpse of canvas — the project has a distinctly vintage, Black Mountain College feel to it — but there is a focused and exploratory energy at work in his pieces, a maturity of purpose that stands at ascetic remove from the cloying color and sloppy corporeality that too often comes to the fore in Bushwick."