Molly Zuckerman-Hartung @ Corbett vs. Dempsey

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, oa, 2013, oil, latex, enamel and spray paint on cut lin
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, oa, 2013, oil, latex, enamel and spray paint on cut linen and folded muslin (courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Kelly Reaves reviews the exhibition Molly Zuckerman-Hartung: Violet Fogs Azure Snot at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, on view through March 15, 2014.

Reaves writes "Zuckerman-Hartung’s paintings are baffling. They’re not simply pretty messes, as so many gestural abstract paintings are these days. In some ways they’re like spilt milk or grass stains. They whisper, stretch, slip and stumble. Elegant details such as sewn pleats are obscured by hastily drizzled paint and globs of wax. Delicate patterns are smeared and smudged. Wet paint is smooshed. Nothing is sacred... For every bold move there are fifty tiny marks. A stain here, a slice there: a couple paintings feature repetitive notch marks made with bleach and enamel paint. These are constant reminders of the artist’s eccentric, unsteady hand."