Expressionism, Surrealism, and Abstraction Prevail at Mark Gallery

Based in Englewood, New Jersey, Mark Gallery is celebrated both for its support of contemporary art’s masters, and for the range of practitioners it represents. Reaching across mediums and disciplines to encompass work in oils, mixed media, photography, and sculpture, the gallery’s roster includes the likes of , , and Jeffrey Maron, among many others. 
Although Michigan-native associates himself with the history of painting, his small mixed-media compositions seem to chart universes that are only partially of this world. Scenes of naturalistic imagery—a birch tree’s frail stem, reaching toward the sun in Chasing the Dawn; the shimmering flicker of a leaf, turning in the wind—dissolve into gentle pools of light that filter down toward earth from the lofty heights. In palette, his works recall the delicately calibrated earth hues of , while the shivering touch and gem-like surface patterns produced in (23-11) and Under the August Sun draw on the legacy of the Viennese Expressionists, primary among them .
, meanwhile, veers toward the mystical. In his vibrant paintings, mostly small-scale oils on canvas, forms mingle like strange creatures against psychedelic expanses of color, recalling the playful whimsy of or ’s surreal personifications. De Jonge’s forms are more organic that futuristic, however: recurring motifs include striated, coiled tubes, pulsing eggs, and flesh-tinted ovoids—all of which evoke some primordial topography. Another gallery artist, , engages the history of with her bright, ordered geometries. Organized according to color and executed in rough, brushy strokes, they recall ’s atmospheric seascapes. But rather than chart existing geographies, Cole’s compositions exist in a more mitochondrial state: the patches of quilt in an ambiguous stage of creation, both becoming and falling apart at once.
Emily Nathan