Alan Ebnother's green paintings at Wade Wilson gallery are nice enough; roughly square pieces of stretched linen with monochrome green paint toweled onto them with the decorative wooliness of cake icing. They're titled with recent dates, I suppose of their manufacture, but in truth they're nothing more nor less than attractive swatches in an interior decorator's book: Lichen, Acid, Sage, Apple, Sargasso, Fir, and Spinach.
How are these different from monochromes by Robert Ryman or Brice Marden? Would I dismiss those as readily if I came across them in a gallery? I stopped to double check. Nope. The carefully clean raw linen edges are a painterly pretension, the tentative, methodical paint application bespeaks mass production, and the goofy a priori choice of different shades of green is marketing.
also by Bill Davenport
- Lego My Art! - January 30th, 2016
- Archive: Painting on My Planet/The Top Ten Painters in Houston - January 1st, 2016
- Archive: Tire Iron 0: Cropduster: Hills Snyder/Chris Sauter - December 28th, 2015
- DMA Crane Flip Video - April 26th, 2015
- Helmreich New Dean of Fine Arts at TCU - April 25th, 2015