Coates concludes: “The myriad ways to treat the goo of paint speak of both destruction and careful manipulation. When images break down into lawless, senseless viscosity, there is a threat to the order of things. This threat is productive, as the viscosity can relay messages about human behavior: The goo tells us about what we want: to be purified, to be a hero, to eat, to kill, to covet. The plight of the contemporary painter is to be aware of the implications in all the ways that paint can be manipulated; in some cases, that means teasing out meaning from every squish, ooze, and splash.”
Image coming soon.