Upstream Gallery
The Armory Show 2013

Frank Ammerlaan: In his recent series of paintings, Ammerlaan creates looming surfaces that look deceptively calm from afar. In the periphery of our vision, however, whilst moving around the canvas, the surface performs change with the uncanny familiarity of marginal motions. Like walking in a pregnant misty dusk when forms seem too prude to emerge fully and one can only discern nebulous pulsations of light – perhaps electrical discharges from distant thunders, a hurried vehicle or the promise of a cozy bar nearby – the atmosphere wraps itself around the beholder like a premonition. But a premonition to what is never made clear and we are left with a sense that an event on the foreground has been purged or, on the contrary, is just about to materialize.