Review: Fine Arts Workshop artists build on Abstract Expressionism in “Irascible Muse” at Bill Lowe Gallery
By Robert Stalker | Nov 29, 2011
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Continues through Dec. 20 2011
Bill Lowe Gallery
1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100 Atlanta
“The Irascible Muse: A Coming of Age,” at Bill Lowe Gallery through December, takes its name from a 1951 Life magazine article on the leaders of the New York School, which dubbed the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism “the Irascibles.”
Although the 20 students at the Fine Arts Workshop whose work makes up this exhibition are diverse in age and place of origin, they share a passionate engagement with materials and the past, in particular the examples of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and their fellow Irascibles.
Michael David, the atelier’s director, says the group’s “radical sincerity” helps them avoid the affectation and mannerism that art critic Clement Greenberg once dismissed as “the Tenth Street touch” of second-generation Abstract Expressionist painters. These artists also bear the influence of their instructor, whose work is in the show, especially in their use of encaustic.
“No Apologies I, II, III” 8×10” Photo-encaustic Shown at the Fine Arts Workshop group show at the Lowe Gallery, 2012.
“Treese distresses photographs of nudes with coffee, tea, wine, water and salt. Tarnished and worn beyond legibility, these photos now convey not the beauty of the model but of time and decay itself.”