There is a vantage level on the mezzanine cafe at MoMA in NYC where by the surrounding Midtown skyscrapers engulf you. There are levels and layers of grey concrete and glass home windows that build a type of blurring of your depth perception as to what is in the foreground and history of your eye. When I last noticed this illusion, I assumed of the performs of Daniel Wealthy, who in his intricate process of layering and stripping absent on canvas success in an extraordinary flat graphic of architectural complexity. He is flattening what is so rigidly substantive and large and thick. That is what makes his new demonstrate, Flat Earth, so amazing.
And this is the place Wealthy begins his solo present at Miles McEnery, among the modernist structures in Midtown Manhattan, still with a blazing sunset of a palette placed upon them. They are hypnotic and surreal, significantly more abstract than his past operate that designed a type of mimic of a skyline. This seems far more akin to highlighting the attractiveness of the composition of modernism, how impenetrable it feels, how continuous and permanent the structures are. As the gallery notes, “In this exclusive present-day instant, when anything could happen next, common avenue sights and properties toe a tense line amongst banal and significant. In his most recent human body of get the job done, Rich expands on his decades-long investigation into the approaches architecture bears witness to, displays, and indicates underlying political narratives.”
I go back again to that phrase and what it signifies to us now, how a lot it has progressed in excess of the past couple of a long time: permanence. Wealthy paints as if the buildings we have developed will last permanently, only shifting via our capacity to improve all around them. —Evan Pricco