Ever since the discovery of the cave paintings at Lascaux that man’s first yearnings to express were manifested. AF came to the primordial figurative abstracts and mixed-media work of French-Swiss artist, Gene Mann, for her first solo in America opened last March 20th. The dynamic energy and forms that emerged from the work burst forth an exuberance rarely seen in the almost monochrome tone in some of the works. If color was in abundance, it breathed tribal and primitive. In some of the pieces that the elegance of pure abandon in the quadrant cannot be denied. As a matter of fact, there were quite delectable morsels of artistic acumen with the splotches of ink, gestural verve of a Pollock but also evoking the underlying scenes of the famed Elgin Greek Marble collection. In the frenetic strokes, you get something about the artist being in a delightful disposition to create. We’re just hungry art sseekerseekers and figuratively, we ate it all up and unabashedly with no shame. A definite yum on the senses!
Gene Mann / On View: March 20 – April 26, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (11 am to 6 pm)
Andrew Edlin Gallery. 134 Tenth Avenue. NYC, NY 10011
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Olya Turcihin