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Keegan McHargue, Topical at Fredericks & Freiser

Three Fish (In the Evening), 2015
Three Fish (In the Evening), 2015 (All Photos By Gail, Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Fredericks & Freiser Gallery is currently hosting Topical, an exhibition of very fun new paintings by Keegan McHargue. In Topical, McHargue returns to the human figure, albeit broadly shaped, satirical versions. His paintings have been described as “Hairy Who meets South Park, where social commentary comes wrapped in the guise of humor,” and I can definitely understand why.

The Ick Factor, 2015
The Ick Factor, 2015

Though their expressions and gestures are generalized, McHargue defines his subjects in surprisingly specific ways. A woman’s lower torso is a single grotesque foot. A butterfly with human legs drifts in outer space. An artist paints the landscape wearing a Colonial hairdo sporting the body of a Centaur. The topographies are identifiable yet seem as intuitive as the figures. The New York-based painter’s use of childlike motifs, like a flat yellow sun appearing in the corner of the picture frame, lends his paintings a kind of innocence, despite the depravity that they sometimes contain in their weird scenes. All of these rather disparate elements  come together with some kind of strange logic in McHargue’s world.

Ex Dilecto, 2015
Ex Dilecto, 2015

In an essay on the artist, Ross Simonini writes “McHargue compresses and reduces and distills the image until it functions, like an icon, on the simplest, most unfettered visual wavelength. He thinks about the freedom inherent in minimalism while he works. It keeps his attention focused on the singularity of the idea, so that the image’s energy appears to emerge from a point somewhere deep within itself and ripple outward into a sea of visual ideas, each one nestled into its neighbor, like a liquid puzzle. The feeling of looking is not dissimilar from seeing ancient Islamic and Hindu art, where narrative and space and subject flow into a single current.”

Day One, 2015
Day One, 2015

Keegan McHargue’s Topical will be on Exhibit Through October 10th, 2015, at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Located at 536 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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Gary Panter’s Dream Town at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery

Fog By Gary Panter
Fog By Gary Panter (All Photos By Gail)

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.

Stellar Z and Ultima Lucha
Stellar Z (Left) and Ultima Lucha (Right)

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.

Lost World
Lost World

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.

The Bridge
The Bridge

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.

July By Gary Panter
July

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.

Animal World
Animal World

Gary Panter Signage