Jeffrey Collins photo blogs a visit to Ralph Humphrey: Conveyance at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, on view through May 16, 2015.
The gallery press release notes: "The exhibition focuses on the Conveyance paintings, a singularly important, emotionally fraught body of work, created between 1974 and 1977. The paintings—hulking masses of casein and modeling paste in blacks, blues, and purples—often loosely resemble actual objects, like packages or containers. But, what do they contain? Ostensibly, they are vessels for Humphrey’s emotions, his life experiences and ideas about painting. Their textured surfaces simultaneously attract and repel, even as their dimensionality literally forces viewers into the objects’ space."