Peter Young: Linear Weave (Vertical Fold)

Peter Young, #18-1981, 1981, acrylic on canvas (courtesy of the artist and Algus
Peter Young, #18-1981, 1981, acrylic on canvas (courtesy of the artist and Algus Greenspon)

John Yau reviews the exhibition Peter Young: Linear Weave (Vertical Fold) Paintings: 1980–1983 at Algus Greenspon, New York, on view through December 21, 2013.

Yau writes that "the 'Linear Weave (Vertical Fold)' paintings are not in the least pictorial. They are dense, non-hierarchical, informational fields made up of a simple abstract language, whose geometric combinations are elevated to an intense, almost irritating optical pitch. At the same time –and this is what I find rather staggering – Young enables each precise yet unfussy stroke to maintain its identity within an incredibly complex, vibrating optical field. The result is an exquisitely calibrated tension that the artist first articulated in the dot paintings, where a curving row of brown or blue dots never denies the individuality of each mark."