Al Loving @ Garth Greenan

Al Loving, Humbird, 1989, mixed media on board, 72 x 100 inches (courtesy of Gar
Al Loving, Humbird, 1989, mixed media on board, 72 x 100 inches (courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery)

Piri Halasz reviews works by Al Loving at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, on view through June 27, 2015.

Halasz writes that Loving's "mixed media collages are magisterially composed of almost incredibly intricate cut-out spirals, strips, diagrammatically outlined boxes, curlicues and other geometric flourishes. Everything is soldered together and elegantly colored, with multiple hues that range from the subtle to the rowdy. All these shapes and colors are further glorified by bits of glitter and overlays of shiny lacquer... the eye is challenged by how these works are mounted—or, to be more accurate, not mounted at all. They don’t have conventional matting under them, let alone glass to cover them or frames to surround them: instead they simply cling flatly, simply, innocuously to the wall."