Review of “Good For You” at David Klein Gallery
“Good For You” at David Klein Gallery
I went to the opening to see the work of Alyssa Monks. The images online look amazing and I really wanted to see how the paintings compare in real life. I was so impressed. the paintings are beautiful. The brushstrokes and subtle color changes within the image…it’s a painting and you can see the paint and the brushstrokes – she is not trying to make it appear to be a photograph, completely polished and void of texture – you can see the texture, the layers, the work and time that went into creating each piece. They are very strong pieces. her studies are equally well done, but don’t have the impact of the large pieces (of course I’d be more than happy to have any of them hanging in my home).
There are two pieces in the show that I could stare at all day and be very happy:
Reserve by Alyssa Monks and Adaptation #5 by Ben Grasso. Looking at Grasso’s work on the website I was intrigued and seeing them in person I was in awe. The images reminded me of a house blown apart, but not completely – somehow it’s all floating in space, intact, but at the same time in pieces. My husband commented that it reminded him of a perspective drawing where all the lines are drawn back to the vanishing point then erased – but instead of erasing the lines, they are incorporated into the painting. I also love how it appears that sunlight is cutting through the splinters of wood or sections of the house or whatever is going on, and shadows are filtered through and cast on the house and surrounding area. Maybe the catalog will have an artists statement because I can’t seem to find more information online about Grasso – his website has images and a CV, but not a statement about his current work.
Also worth mentioning is the work of Trevor Young – particularly his piece Caress. A glowing building that seems to be lit from within the material of the building itself. The dark and minimal composition makes the effect more powerful.
I was also looking forward to seeing work by Kristin Beaver. I have seen her work online but had not yet seen it in person. The paintings seem to capture a moment in time – a portion of a story – like a snapshot from a family album.
The work by Jessica Rohrer is very meticulously painted – too polished and smooth for my taste. And I concluded that because the painting Processed Foods is so photo realistic that it reminds me of the clutter in my house and that I would want to close the cupboard door but never can. I do like her landscape pieces, however the gallery was crowded and I wasn’t able to get a close look at them, so another visit to the gallery is in order.
Book Club by Jessica Rohrer
Caress by Trevor Young
Evolve by Alyssa Monks
Red Velvet by Kristin Beaver
Adaptation #5 by Ben Grasso