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  New York Views September 15th / page 4

 

Farrell Brickhouse, The Painting Center, 52 Greene Street to October 1st

Although Farrell Brickhouse goes solo in the smaller project room space, his work nicely compliments the show in the larger room. The connection is his overt use of the medium where paint handling and form are virtually indistinguishable from each other in most of these pieces. Subject matter primarily consists of generic iconic images which leave interpretations open. But the imagery takes a back seat to the paint handling which really defines the subject matter and content for this work. There is nothing preconceived about these paintings; rather, they seem to have been born from years of mastering abstract painting. From this perspective the forms are more Ďfoundí through the act of applying paint than merely depicted.

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Farrell Brickhouse at the Painting Center

For their size these diminutive paintings manage to pack quite a punch.  This is obvious in the raw paint handling and crude rendering of the forms.  But a closer look reveals a counterpoint subtlety of color, surface and blended contrast which, combined with the former treatment, is equally responsible for the impact. The result

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Farrell Brickhouse at the Painting Center

plays directly into understanding the content by establishing a self-possessed authenticity; a real visual experience devoid of illusions or depictions that is only possible through experientially-created abstract art. The ability to pull this off truly designates Brickhouse as Ďa painterís painterí.

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Farrell Brickhouse at the Painting Center

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