James Panero reviews Chris Martin at Anton Kern Gallery (through November 15), Doppler Shift at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (through January 15), and Matthew Miller: Can’t You See It, I Am One at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia (through November 22).
Panero writes that "Martin’s latest paintings are particularly indebted to the bold figure-ground dynamics of the Soho school. Certain motifs seem to come right out of recent work by Thornton Willis and other masters of the hard edge and the dissolving form. But then Martin funks them up." Doppler Shift, Panero notes is "a smart group show of what might be considered contemporary optical art … [that] brings together many of those underappreciated artists who interest me most these days: Steven Baris, Rob de Oude, Gabriele Evertz, Enrico Gomez, Gilbert Hsiao, Stephen Maine, Don Voisine, and (upstairs in a related installation) Gary Petersen. " Miller, Parneo observes, "[doubles] down on the intensity of his painterly self-analysis, which might see him lay down dozens of thin layers of oil over a single image, microscopically shifting it through every pass."