12 Oct 2020
Mario Naves: Losing the Cow
Elizabeth Harris Gallery
Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch
While the mood of a body of work does not necessarily reflect the habitual mood of the artist - for better or worse - one hopes in Mario Naves's case that it does. His arrangements are serenely joyful, subtly colored and Apollonian in affect. Like Thelonius Monk, he has an aesthetic of understatement but still flourishes where the composition requires it.
Geometries formed with rulers, French curves, and circle templates (or methods that approximate them - maybe his hand is so untroubled that he can draw them without aid) come to order on rectangles and tondi in a quirky hanging at Elizabeth Harris. Naves's colors, like those in a good John MacLaughlin, can be quite ordinary in isolation but striking in combination, but unlike MacLaughlin, sometimes shift illusionistically between neighboring hues and reach out into the forbidden realms of pink and purple. Dominant Cultural Narrative (2020) looks like the imaginings of a rebellious city planner, as pathways of blue, carmine, and ocher zip around the planes of color following no purpose but their own.
|Exhibition||Mario Naves: Losing the Cow link|
|Start date||05 Sep 2020|
|End date||24 Oct 2020|
|Presenter||Elizabeth Harris Gallery link|
|Venue||529 West 20th Street, New York City, NY, USA map|
|Image||Mario Naves, Dominant Cultural Narrative, 2020, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 24 inches, courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery|
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