Deborah Kahn @ Bowery Gallery

Deborah Kahn, Floating, oil on canvas, 38 x 36 inches, 2014 (courtesy of the art
Deborah Kahn, Floating, oil on canvas, 38 x 36 inches, 2014 (courtesy of the artist and Bowery Gallery)

John Goodrich reviews Deborah Kahn: Paintings at Bowery Gallery, New York, on view through May 16, 2015.

Goodrich writes: "Kahn vigorously characterizes the elements within these scenes, not through illustrative descriptions but through pictorial events. What does this mean? Simply put, if you look at the paintings and absorb their most elemental effect – the impact of their colors and the intervals between them – you’ll gain, sooner or later, an uncanny sense of presences filling the surface, and even your relationship to them. Kahn’s colors are keenly active, not in simply pushing forward and back, but in their pressures across the surface. They turn her compositions into spacious but tightly-knit meshes, with each color – whether spreading as open space, condensing as detail, or connecting as a tensile gesture – leveraging the next."