Fredericks & Freiser Gallery is hosting Dream Town, an exhibition of new paintings by Gary Panter for just a few more days! I didn’t get around to seeing this show until last weekend, and just noticed that it closes this coming Saturday, so I wanted to get this post up so you can run over and see it because it is really special.
Dream Town confirms Panter’s continued interest in the play of figuration residing in fields of abstraction. The seventeen paintings on canvas are united in process and theme, and display a wide array of painterly effects, contrasting flat acrylic color fields, transparent washes and expressive gestures.
In Dream Town, Panter presents a boiled-down treatment of post-war abstraction coupled with pop culture archetypes such as heroes, villains, monsters and wrestlers.
Intense color is everywhere and provides a contrast to the primal nature of the figures. Yet, as we have come to expect from Gary Panter, something very strange is going on.
Not only does the equation of figure, color, and abstraction stand as historically sensitive and wittily absurd, it embodies the uncanny disconnect between our stories and ourselves.
Dream Town By Gary Panter Will be on Exhibit only through Saturday September 27th at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Located at 536 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.