Kelly Reaves reviews Andrew Holmquist: Stage Left at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, on view through March 12, 2016.
Reaves writes that in his new works, Holmquist's makes a "subtle nod to the human body, which provides a reference point for the artist as he composes the paintings. A hand here, a foot there and voila! You’ve got a mass in space, not just a bunch of paint. If a distinct body part isn’t visible, it’s implied through the gesture of a figure, with paint strokes mimicking the movement of sweeping limbs and twisting torsos… Holmquist’s work was once more overtly figurative and later more abstract, but the cleverly proportioned combination of the two at this point in his practice serves him well."