• Kadar Brock Dredges It Up at The Hole

    Close detail of the artwork by Kadar Brock
    Close detail of the artwork by Kadar Brock
    Relaxed art crowd at The Hole NYC
    Relaxed art crowd at The Hole NYC
    Exuberant Artist Kadar Brock at his opening
    Exuberant Artist Kadar Brock at his opening

    There are a handful of artists on my radar that I’ve been following since being an art writer for almost two years now. Kadar Brock happens to be one of them. It was very important that I attend his first solo exhibition – dredge, as the new art season kicked off last September 4th at The Hole.

    Rewind back in March 2012 when I first saw Kadar Brock’s work at a group show. He only had one piece but it was sublime in its context and the way the canvas almost obliterated into a gossamer haze. I did not forget about him and his work as I went on to review more shows that year as various art pieces blurred one after another. March 2013 was the second time and it was at Volta NY during Armory Arts Week that I saw his work displayed. It was slightly different and more layered than the previous year. I can tell that he evolved into a much bolder direction. I got the tip from Kathy Grayson that he will be opening the fall season at her space. So I made a mental note and waited for the summer to pass.

    Close Up detail of artwork by Kasper Sonne
    Close Up detail of artwork by Kasper Sonne
    Casual and cool vibe of the Bowery art scene at The Hole
    Casual and cool vibe of the Bowery art scene at The Hole
    Kathy Grayson with the newest member of her gallery
    Kathy Grayson with the newest member of her gallery

    Walking into the main gallery at The Hole, it was filled with Brock’s signature paintings – all distressed and sanded paintings where the canvas is heavily perforated. Seeing a plethora of these works drove the sublime “history” paintings into overdrive. Now there is not only one, it was an entire collection where he dredged up decades old paintings that he sanded down and sort of refinished. It is a testament of what he could do and in distressing that he whittled it down to the bare essence of his thoughtful aesthetic. It is in that judicious manipulation of when to stop sanding and to what degree of wearing the surface down with perforated holes that hit the sweet spot. It is always a convention in art that editing and restraint is more difficult than piling things on. As Henry James once quoted “In art, economy is always beauty.” Therein lies the sublime beauty in Brock’s oeuvre that is not overly labored to death. He knew not to get carried away with distressing and totally destroy the surface to a bloody pulpy mess. It is the concise balance between creativity and destruction.

    Kasper Sonne artwork at the Hole NYC
    Kasper Sonne artwork at the Hole NYC
    Guests at the Hole NYC to kick off Fall Art Season 2013
    Guests at the Hole NYC to kick off Fall Art Season 2013
    Color it with your top coat at The Hole NYC
    Color it with your top coat at The Hole NYC

    The works in the inner gallery by Kasper Sonne also illustrated the same balance with canvasses that have burn patterns and pummeled silver sculptures. His work perfectly pairs up with Brock’s. Perhaps there is a thin gossamer thread or theme with these artists. It takes great confidence and skill to create something in the art of destruction. Blast it! Beat the heck out of it! Drill it down! But just let the art come forth.

     

    Kadar Brock: dredge / Kasper Sonne: Zero Emotional Content

    On View: September 4 – October 5, 2013

    Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (12 to 7 pm)

    The Hole. 312 Bowery. NYC, NY 10012

     

    art review by: Oscar A. Laluyan 

    photography by: Max Noy Photo

    The Hole exterior shot at Bowery
    The Hole exterior shot at Bowery
    The younger and edgier at The Hole NYC
    The younger and edgier at The Hole NYC

     

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar Laluyan

    Oscar A. Laluyan is a critic, curator and an art writer for several online publications, . He has worked in a museum and at an art gallery founded by a former architect of Richard Meier's firm. His passion for contemporary art is reflected and directed to seeing the future.

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