STUDIO SIMON SLATER

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Brooklyn, 2012

directed / edited / camera by DOMINIKA M

“Uber-Modernist critic Clement Greenberg believed each artistic medium was evolving toward an ultimate purity, and in Simon Slater’s work this vision achieves its absurdist apotheosis. Slater eliminates the use of any support, inventing methods to make paintings composed purely of paint. In his new work, Slater takes a ride on the coattails of geometric abstraction, but like a tail wagging the dog he defies the tight structures typical of the genre in favor of a loopier experience. But underneath his wobbly lines, strange textures, and drunken shapes lies a rigorous concern with formalist history and a search for new opportunities.”

[Exhibition essay by Daniel Gerwin, an editor of Title, an online magazine covering visual art in Philadelphia.]

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