Friday, April 18, 2008

When The Levee Breaks.

Rob Nadeau's last show at Mixed Greens was a tightly controlled colorfest that lost control, the stacked lines of paint bleeding out when they couldn't hold steady. In his new show, Heavy Chalk, the walls have come tumbling down, punched out with a shattered energy of color, line, and full-on unpredicability. The catharsis therein feels very much of this moment. The paint is leading the way here, and it is pissed. Weep loudly.


Anonymous said...

looks like wendy white crossed with amy sillman, crossed with dana frankfort???? just an absurdly superficial quick take.

Heart As Arena said...

Anon. I don't think that you're making too big a leap with the Wendy White connection. It's difficult to look at the lower left quadrant of this painting and NOT think of her paintings. That doesn't mean that the painting doesn't kick ass. It does. It's just impossible to see that swath and not think of WW.