Peter Malone reviews Mike Solomon: Immediate Splendor at Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, on view through July 8, 2017.
Malone begins: “Mike Solomon’s pictorial space appears familiarly limited in the traditional modernist sense, but is dominated by a persistent blur. Viewers are left with the odd feeling of being kept just outside of an event taking place before their eyes, yet the experience is more remarkable than frustrating. Brush strokes float in translucent layers of a pale, warm white that even in the foremost layer leave the eye straining to grasp their apparently hard edges. They hover to varying degrees in a milky cloud that teases at one’s perception, despite the consistent clarity offered by each panel’s underlying composition.”