Gary Petersen
January 12, 2012
Abstraction in early 2012: Allen, de Oude, Hathaway, Peterson, Sable, Sanín
Sharon Butler - Two Coats of Paint

In geometric abstraction, doesn't it seem as though the brushstrokes are either masked and tightly drawn, or loose and drippy these days? At Deborah Brown's new Bushwick gallery, Storefront Bushwick, carefully composed masking and layering dominate the work of Gary Peterson, Halsey Hathaway and, in the back room, Rob de Oude. The three color-loving formalists' paintings have handsome, seductive color, hard edges and slow meticulous processes in common. The paintings are nothing if not beautiful.