Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kim Anno’s liberal media

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click to enlarge ABSTRACT ELEGANCE: “Sheer” by Kim Anno
  • ABSTRACT ELEGANCE: “Sheer” by Kim Anno

In a small but powerful solo show of paintings, photographs, and video at Marcia Wood Gallery, San Francisco Bay Area artist Kim Anno tackles abstraction with gusto for the painted surface. Uncompromisingly committed to non-representational painting, Anno says in her artist statement, "I want to make the last abstract painting I can before it becomes narrative."

Anno’s work reflects the assurance of one who knows her medium — specifically, how to achieve luminosity with paint. She’s executed her midsize paintings on wood or aluminum rather than stretched canvas. The paint-tinted aluminum panels have a distinct shimmer. To create the shapes their surfaces, Anno poured paints of different densities and then manipulated the images by tilting or wiping them. The work looks improvised, as if the artist allowed her compositions to reveal themselves rather than predetermining them.

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(Photo courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery)

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