Ken Kewley @ Gross McCleaf

Ken Kewley, Figure IV, acrylic on board, 24 x 12 inches (courtesy of Gross McCle
Ken Kewley, Figure IV, acrylic on board, 24 x 12 inches (courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery)

John Goodrich reviews works by Ken Kewley recently on view at Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia.

Goodrich writes: "Compared to merely decorative paintings, Kewley’s communicate in an elemental language based in the self-sufficiency of common objects. What does it mean to be a petal, amidst a hundred others, spreading above the plane of a table? In some existential sense, we’ll never quite know; our eyes imperfectly measure a world that finally defies measurement. But Kewley, speaking in a language peculiar to painting, offers compelling possibilities."