The Singular Work of Dan Christensen Celebrated in Retrospective at Berry Campbell Gallery
The paintings of
The show includes more than 20 of Christensen’s works, ranging from the 1960s to the early 2000s, and often so large that to stand in front of them is to have the surrounding world blotted out, replaced by the artist’s pulsating, gestural, saturated experimentations. Christensen was known for using unconventional implements—most famously the spray gun. He applied paint with weed-sprayers, brooms, and squeegees, among other things, alternating between fat, sweeping gestures, delicate, allover scribbles, and softly glowing geometric shapes—sometimes all in a single painting.
The different effects of his tools are apparent in Dolby (1998), a hypnotizing composition with a black oculus surrounded by a radiating pink halo. The entire black-pink circular ensemble is surrounded by thick swaths of midnight-purple pigment, edged by drips of excess paint that run down the work’s surface. The composition is suggestive of a portal, accessed through a lush nest of brushwork—an
“Dan Christensen | Retrospective” is on view at Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, Sept. 17 – Oct. 17, 2015.