"Painting not Painting" @ sindikit projects

Posted on August 20, 2017


I got to review an interesting show featuring Sabina Ott, Kelly Lloyd, Dan Devening, Rush Baker, Paolo Arao, Jo Smail, Phaan Howng and Sharon Butler at sindikit projects in Baltimore for BmoreArt 

Review of Jan Razauskas’ "Carbon Drawings" and my 2015 Top Ten

Posted on January 31, 2016


"The potential for carbon paper as a formal and metaphorical device is massive. It comes as quite a shock that very few artists have put it to use. I am reminded primarily of the work of Dorothea Rockburne and how she would fold and collage geometric forms with carbon paper. Occasionally a line would be drawn through the carbon paper transferring a line but more importantly that they would age and fade, they would go from black to purple. Time became a drawing element. There are certainly other artists like Latifa Echakhch with her installations using walls of carbon paper, Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen with entire books bound with carbon paper, or mail artist Clemente Padin, but carbon is not by any means a popular fine art medium." HERE


My top shows of 2015 in Baltimore: HERE

"Archiving the Archive: Lu Zhang" review I wrote for BmoreArt

Posted on December 08, 2015


"In Jorge Louis Borges’ short story The Book of Sand, a retired librarian gives up his whole life when he discovers an infinite book. Slowly, the protagonist realizes the expanding book is consuming him and the whole world. Upon this comprehension he hides the book in the basement of the National Library, stating that, “the best place to hide a leaf is in a forest.”" Read more HERE


"Rosy Keyser: Lap of the High Plains" review I wrote for BmoreArt

Posted on November 03, 2015


"I have long felt a lineage for Keyser connected with the formlessness of artists associated with Art Informel like Alberto Burri or even the reductive interests of the Supports/Surfaces movement from France in the late 1960s. In Keyser’s work the material constantly admits its lowly origin as a found object, as trash or detritus, but then goes through a handful of adjustments or accretions of paint, plaster, gesso. It mutates by way of disassembly and reassembly." Read more HERE

"Theater at the Edge" a review I wrote about Timothy App's show for BmoreArt

Posted on November 03, 2015


"The six pieces in Recent Paintings are certainly pictures, though not all successful ones. Their scale asserts their presence, half as theatrical visions in pieces like “Tuonela” and the other half as barriers to pictorial resolution with a work like “Lux Barrera.” The first half reaffirm their pictorial qualities as windows into space, specifically the architectural space of the theatre, so even being flattened, these abstractions are still read as windows. This pictorialism and emphasis on the picture has the potential to undermine the reductive power of abstraction by reaffirming the centuries old trap of painting as window, even at its most reduced state." Read more HERE

"A Fitting End" a review I wrote for BMOREART

Posted on August 19, 2015


I wrote a review for BMOREART about the final exhibition at Baltimore's LEASE AGREEMENT featuring BOYANG HOU

Enter The Void: Ian MacLean Davis Reviews Paint It Black

Posted on December 17, 2013


"Terence Hannum’s works all use magnetic audio tape as art media.  This an obsolete technology. As such, the deliberate choice of this material reads as symbolic, chosen for its history as much as the way it looks and functions. Audio tape is ferrous powder bonded to narrow strips of plastic film; audio tape records sounds through the rearrangement of the iron particles into patterns by an electro-magnetic head, which also decodes those patterns back into audio. This encoding, the rearrangement of particles, is invisible to the eye. With a CDR or DVR, one can see a different pattern in how the surface of the disc reflects light. There, the unwritten portion looks different from the encoded.  The tape is uniformly grey/brown and shiny. Magnetic tape is similar to a traditional hard drive; the magnetic encoding is the same.  And with each, the recording of information and change to the material does not leave a visible mark or pattern." READ MORE HERE