Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Brian Calvin in 2004 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Brian Calvin in 2004 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

This is a painting titled Still Wind by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 24 by 18 inches.This is a painting titled Crossing Over by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 24 by 18 inches.This is a painting titled Oh Me by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 24 by 18 inches.This is a painting named With You by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 80 by 60 inches.This is a painting named When and Where by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 60 by 80 inches.This is a painting named Fire and Ice by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on canvas, and the dimensions are 48 by 60 inches.This is a work named Broad Daylight by American artist Brian Calvin in 2004. The materials are acrylic on mylar, and the dimensions are 16 by 16 inches.

Press Release

Brian Calvin
September 9 –
October 16, 2004

Anton Kern Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of artist Brian Calvin in New York. He currently lives and works in California.

 

Brian Calvin’s paintings are a continuation of the narrative of the figure in painting; weird and quietly disconcerting, the mischievously witty paintings are a meditation on that practice. Blank-faced characters are cast in frozen moments that form no narrative.

 

The perspective recalls an awkward landscape survey with flattened palate and skewed cropping. Yet as paintings, they are amazingly coherent. Calvin builds them up by using simple lines and matte color patches to transform the ordinary into something enchanted. The painted scenes are overlays of reality, detached elements that form a cerebral puzzle. Frames, smoke rings, a landscape painting and tropical vegetation act as mysterious evidence linking his work to art history.

 

The bi-dimensionality of the work lulls the viewer into a meditative state. Even as the paintings veer toward abstraction they retain instances of magically vanished moments.

 

“To me, all of my work is a contemplation of painting and it’s possibilities, so it feels natural to sometimes make works involving the act of painting. I strive to think through painting, not to paint what I think.” – Brian Calvin.

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