Ron Gorchov: Watercolors

Ron Gorchov, Gift from the Nixians VII, 2013, watercolor on handmade paper, 14 x
Ron Gorchov, Gift from the Nixians VII, 2013, watercolor on handmade paper, 14 x 12 inches (photo: Eliot Markell, courtesy of Lesley Heller Workspace)

Eliot Markell blogs about an exhibition of watercolors by Ron Gorchov at Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, on view through October 13, 2013.

Markell writes that  "a Gorchov trademark that does seem to have remained virtually unchanged are the familiar vertical slashes. This move animated what might otherwise result in a clunky looking attempt at mask making. But then Gorchov has never pretended to be a virtuoso; his wobbly, concave structures carve curvilinear boundaries in space, while his mark making espouses the virtues of loosely informal technique. What does seem to have evolved in the recent works on paper is a textural integrity. The thick, wafer-like ground provides stability for inherently diffuse, lightly pigmented forms floating in their constrained, yet unframed ether."