NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Danese/Corey is pleased to announce the opening of two concurrent exhibitions – Warren Isensee and Simone Bianchi.
Warren Isensee's new paintings and drawings continue to offer luminous, emotionally and optically charged color within the structure of geometric abstraction. However, the new format is less tectonic; the former dense, fully colored surfaces now yield to an airy, freer figure-ground relationship. In Out of Nowhere, a large terracotta plane coalesces around an insignia – an inner rectangle of hash-marked squares in black, gray and cream.
The new works further demonstrate Isensee's ongoing commitment to color and reductivist abstraction. I have always worked to capture the qualities of both color and light that have throughout history activated the surface of paintings… I am exploring how oil on canvas can tap into the rich resonance of luminosity or "glow"…. The goal for each painting is to capture light and contain it in a kind of perpetual motion field that, when married to color, gently pulsates, recedes and advances.1
Rendered with an unerringly precise hand, and eschewing the use of tape, Isensee's work manages to avoid the anonymous, impersonal appearance often associated with hardedge painting.
Simone Bianchi, an acknowledged master of the art of the comic book. Born in 1972, Bianchi lives in Lucca, Italy, where he works exclusively with Marvel comics. This is Mr. Bianchi's first exhibition in New York.
As early as 1960, Warhol's Superman, and later Lichtenstein's Drowning Girl, 1963, employed comic book imagery, and by extension, confirmed its validity as both art and cultural phenomenon adding measurably to the emergence of Pop Art.
Bianchi enlivens his characters with physical, emotional and psychological dimension, with supernatural powers and human flaws, with moral purpose and evil intention. From the dramatic and sensual depictions of Elektra, and the mysterious, valiant Batman, to the monstrous energy of Wolverine, Bianchi elevates his characters to epic status and in the process, creates unforgettable images that transcend the formal conventions of the comic book genre. Ultimately, Bianchi's work exists as pure drawing – a brilliant, deftly executed figurative language that confirms his place in the evolving history of contemporary art.
1 Artist's Statement