Review: Neil Anderson at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Earth Song #3  Red and Black
Earth Song #3, Red and Black. All photos courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

by Rachel Heidenry

Painting is not an easy task these days. In fact, it may be the hardest medium to produce surprise.

But Neil Anderson knows how.

Earth Song #4 for Ken Price
Earth Song #4 for Ken Price

His current exhibition, Earth Songs: Architecture of the Plane, on view at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery through April 19th, is breathtaking. Intentional geometric shapes are balanced against innate organic forms, producing canvases that emote kinetic mosaics of nature. Playing with layers, fragments and space, Anderson succeeds in capturing the process of composition.

Earth Song #7 Bird After Braque
Earth Song #7 Bird After Braque

The beauty of Earth Songs is color. Three large-scale canvases are hung in the back corner of the gallery, in which a vibrant, almost neon, yellow is celebrated. The color succeeds because of its accompaniments – grays, greens, lilacs, blues. The canvases, though physically stagnant, sway with energy and warmth – the disconnected layers falling into harmony. These are works that must be experienced in person, as Anderson proves to us that there is much more painting can do.

Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree

Learn More:

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_kDBx2xwDU

Look: http://www.bridgettemayergallery.com/exhibitions/

Earth Song #5 Anza Borrego
Earth Song #5 Anza Borrego
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