Slow and steady wins the race if you know the fable about the turtle and the hare. Leo Koenig Inc. presented the second solo exhibition of new work by Ridley Howard with an opening reception last January 19, 2012.
The show is entitled “Slows” and features figurative/portrait, landscapes and abstracts. Howard skillfully utilizes and plays with geometry, space and color to create an evocative statement with this series of paintings. There is a keen eye to detail and the attention to the subjects in the composition of each canvas. Each work must be savored and taken in slowly. His deliberate but careful observations of modern life where the real and abstract co-exist strongly permeates in each picture.
There Is a shade of the cinematic where you can hint on touches of an avant-garde filmmaker either in the late 60’s or the 70’s where the focus is long on something mundane like an open road, the vanishing point of a horizon, a deserted street, or a forlorn looking field. It is in this process where such masters in this style are credited more on the narrative of what’s not there and sense of mystery.
Howard’s latest is exuberant with a graphic quality but the application is soft to communicate complex emotions to its viewer. There is a strong influence of the American image painting with a little bit of Edward Hopper and Ed Ruscha thrown in.
Ridley Howard has shown at the Knoxville Museum of Art (TN) and The High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA). He received his MFA from the Boston Museum School and recipient of grants namely the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He currently works and resides in Brooklyn.
Ridley Howard: Slows
On view: January 19 – February 25, 2012
Leo Koenig Inc.
545 West 23rd Street
NY, NY 10001
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturdays 10am-6pm
article by: Oscar A. Laluyan