John Randall Nelson
“Polka Dots for Holly Solomon”
Opening reception November 1, 2014 from 6-8pm
“Polka Dots for Holly Solomon” runs November 1, 2014 through January 2015
FP Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening reception for their solo show, “Polka Dots for Holly Solomon”, which will feature work by Phoenix-based painter and sculptor John Randall Nelson.
During the past twenty years Nelson has been exhibiting in the West, he has become one of the region's most recognizable artists. With their aesthetic and discernment, his paintings have the rare ability to appeal to sophisticated curators and collectors, and still fascinate the general public. His work is especially appreciated by the most discriminating audience of all, other artists. Profuse with signs and heavy with ambiguity, the works rejoice in materiality. These are objects, part of the sensual world.
“Polka Dots for Holly Solomon” is loosely inspired by the juxtaposition of the famous Holly Solomon (the late New York art dealer) and the infamous Holly Solomon (the woman who ran down her non-voting husband, blaming him for Obama’s re-election), Nelson draws on “Pattern and Decoration” to create a visual narrative of polka dots, symbols and texts.
Nothing is more modern than anachronism. “Polka Dots for Holly Solomon” is an anachronism of paintings and sculptures. Both comic and menacing, smart and dumb, Nelson’s array of decorous patterns revel in materiality. The paintings are thick with poured pigment, saturated washes and worked with layers of drawing and collage. Bluntly rendered, the work is textured with ghostly pentimenti, the hint of submerged words bleeding through a milky, layered ground.
Like the meanings they invoke, Nelson’s anachronistic works are layered with things that might not make any literal sense but which play on subconscious associations while suggesting a metaphor for the tension and anxiety of the times. It’s strength lies in the terrain between the narrative and the abstract, between what is immediately accessible and what remains obscure.