Jack Davidson -- "love, mistake, promise, auto crack-up, color, petal" the current show at THEODORE: Art in Bushwick, is an exhibit of refreshingly warm and oddly humorous paintings that land on the minimalist side of the painterly spectrum, a paradoxical state of affairs. In fact this work is rife with paradox; apparently abstract paintings a good portion of which are derived from photographs, paintings by one artist which Davidson describes as a "group show," and working methodologies, which Davidson describes as "avoiding responsibility," even while clear aesthetic decisions and a sincere commitment to painting are being made.
It is methodologies, plural, and a "group show" because Davidson identifies three distinct approaches to generating images. One is paintings derived from photos the artist has taken of disparate subjects, including album cover art ("can't tell the days apart," 2014 from the cover of a Modern Lovers ...
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