What happens when you do what painters do with paint, only instead you do it with canvas? The shaped canvas is an entire room in The Anderson, and Elizabeth Murray's Chain Gang is a really impressive example because it's really an Abstract Expressionist re-conceptualization. When you look at the Frank Stella work right next to it, you can see the influences of his time with the Minimalists mingling with a 1980s sensibility, but with Murray's work, she has created a Morris Louis or a Helen Frankenthaler in three dimensions. It is a easy to dismiss it as a Rorschach test, but more accurately, it is the capturing of that moment when paint is tossed upon a canvas, the spontaneous moment of creation of a mark, only given to us as is would be seen in three-dimensional space-time. In essence, it is not only the capturing of the marks of placing paint on a canvas, it is exposing the encounter between paint and canvas, but it is doing so in a static, and devised, methodology. It is an expression of what would happen with Abstract Expressionism. It is the same expreience being shown, but it is now more weighed, considered, slowed. Lichtenstein's brush stroke paintings are in the same vein, but Murray's work have managed to do the same work without the implications that placing it within POP Art as a form of protest.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.