The painting process involves taking a fluid, viscose substance in transition and manipulating it over time to complete the final phase of stabilization. When a painting is deemed finished, out of its constant state of flux, change is arrested and a perceived stasis results. The concept of stasis, and its impermanence, is at the core of Garth Weiser's new paintings.
Working in layers, Weiser's paintings are born from a myriad of elements that are compressed like stone. They are determined both by organic evolution and decisively skillful preparation, which causes the action, the plane, support and surface to conflate. Movement and expression are here encased and frozen solid, and what was once a quick gesture is fossilized. Even the decorative moves fast forward in time to artifact.
Within this compression and the conflation of time however, the paintings take on a new life. They quietly hum and breathe with a constant visual noise that is only their own. The various actions that individually took place - from intricate striation to broad swath to monochromatic obliteration - each sitting one on top of the next, are now woven together to serve a new purpose for the whole.
Contribution by Domenico de Chirico.
Photography by Jean Vong, Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.
Casey Kaplan Gallery, May 11 - June 20