04 Dec 2020
Vital Presence: Fran O'Neill, Drew Lowenstein, Fran Shalom
1 GAP Gallery
Reviewed by Elizabeth Johnson
"Vital Presence," curated by David Cohen, recruits the divergent efforts of three abstract painters for playful conversation. Fran O'Neill's sheer, color-saturated rainbows bend and fold to resist canvas edges. They look as resilient as sedimentary rock imbued with hot taffy. Drew Lowenstein applies charcoal glyphs, colored fogs, and modernist tropes to canvas, describing bottomless depths. Fran Shalom tailors comic, patterned, amoeboid shapes. Wielding a paintbrush like scissors, she elicits mysterious, behind-the-scenes drama by deftly skirting concrete forms and meaning.
The paintings of "Vital Presence" coalesce as paired styles that heighten the uniqueness of the solitary third. Lowenstein's smudgy, dark, and centered Untitled sustains the cave-like sensations of O'Neill's Backed. Together, these two works elevate the satirical glee of Shalom's Reveal and Razor's Edge. Forming brief alliances that foster looking, "Vital Presence" supplies human warmth and camaraderie in a sprawling, chilly venue.
|Exhibition||Vital Presence: Fran O'Neill, Drew Lowenstein, Fran Shalom|
|Start date||02 Sep 2020|
|End date||06 Dec 2020|
|Presenter||1 GAP Gallery link|
|Venue||1 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, USA map|
|Image||Fran Shalom, Reveal, 2019, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, courtesy Fran Shalom and 1GAP Gallery|
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