Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Mark Sheinkman. The exhibition marks the artist’s tenth with the gallery.
The compositions in this show are among the artist’s most diverse. Frenetic, crisscrossing lines and spirographic roulettes cop the language of mechanical drawings and plunge into perpetual depths of field. While elsewhere serpentine scribbles and waving verticals vibrate into optical illusions focused more immediately on the surface.
The paintings follow a subtractive and additive process. Crushed graphite covers linen coated with white oil and alkyd. Then Sheinkman—wielding an eraser, brushes and various tools—carves into and wipes away the dark gray to expose the layers underneath. More graphite is applied and the method repeats; creating endless monochromatic variations of line and space.
"The method yields inverted values: the drawings vaguely resemble photographic negatives, luminous tracery floating within dark fields. Sheinkman's all-over lines are kin to Jackson Pollock's skeins of paint and Brice Marden's calligraphic lyricism, but they have a distinctive ephemeral quality, somewhere between wisps of smoke and the ghost-like traces on X-rays. “
—Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times
Sheinkman was born in New York in 1963 and received a B.A. from Princeton University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He has exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.