Things are illuminated but much more so if it clashes seamlessly into one cohesive alluring form. DC Moore Gallery had these series of paintings and Arte Fuse came to be enlightened last May 3, 2012 at the opening reception for Mark Innerst: New Paintings.
The gallery located on the second floor had an expansive showcase of the new works, which had canvasses of such deep saturated colors yet possessing an alluring luminosity juxtaposed with sharp linear bands. The works ranged from the smallest with the most minuscule of details to the larger ones engaging you to get lured into its spectral inner glow.
Innerst is an avowed fan of 1950’s minimalism that is apparent in the soul of his oeuvre. He explains that his over painting and layers to create the landscapes, horizons, cityscapes, idyllic tropics, crystal clear lakesides and refractions of the sky are offset by the crisp sharpness of line bands that slices but never diminishes the entirety of his scenes. It is in the dichotomy of contrasting elements that you see his work glow and become luminous. The balance of color and its saturation is something that is carefully rendered. The wispy forms and patterned bands are by no means afterthoughts. They serve as demarcations but a unifier at the same time. Complementary ideals show respect for each concept and this makes the entire collection glimmer.
The precise geometry of the brick lines either vertically or horizontally play up against the natural silhouettes you’ll find in the background. Innerst makes this conscious mélange of the absolute with the organic. It is in this skillful handcraft of paint technique that he divines a new source of illumination. The lumens of light is not harsh but rather alluring and emanates from within.
There is the spirit of Barrett Newman and the color fields of other minimalist but Innerst is superlatively thoughtful in keeping the concept consistent be it a placid water line or a bustling skyscraper canyon hidden in the play of nature versus abstract. Bursting forth light can be forced harshly but an inner glimmer of radiance is done much more with finesse.
Mark Innerst: New Paintings / On View: May 3 – June 8, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday (10 am – 6 pm)
DC Moore Gallery. 535 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor. New York, NY 10011
article by: Oscar Laluyan