Ann Saul reviews works by Dana Gordon and Cathy Diamond at Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, on view through December 6, 2014.
Saul writes that "Gordon’s canvases coax line and color to share importance in a display of exuberant abstraction. Executed with great precision, vivid colors and playful shapes are carefully arranged in Gordon’s thoughtful compositions. In 'Endless Painting 1,' 2014, two column-like forms go off the top and bottom edges of a large vertical canvas. Inside these baroque forms are uniformly sized blocks, each square its own pure color, sometimes only subtly distinguished from neighboring colors... Gordon’s shapes are carefully molded in heavy impasto paint with a palette knife, a bas-relief in color that pops off the canvas... [Diamond] uses nature-based drawings to create forms that at first glance resemble figures but after closer study escape into the realm of the imagination. The forms in Diamonds paintings have energy, pushing or pulling against the picture plane as if engaged in an exotic dance."