Clifford • Smith Gallery is pleased to announce its December
exhibition of new paintings by Penn Young in an installation titled,
Twenty-five Paintings from Art History. There will be a reception
for the artist on Friday, December 3rd, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
With the exhibitionTwenty-five Paintings from Art History, Penn Young
returns to making work visually based on art historical paintings,
one of the themes seen in his first show at the gallery. And while
these small works on panel appear to be a departure from the museum-scale
pieces he has been creating over the last few years, Penn Young’s
paintings, whether huge or small, contain enormous energy and content.
And with work of this size, where the scale of the pieces themselves
and the marks that make them are intimate yet powerful, the visibility
of the artist’s hand becomes one of the primary elements in
viewing the paintings.
The allegorical nature of many of the titles adds yet another layer
of depth to these small works. While the function of the titles in
the original paintings is hardly more than expository, by appropriating
such familiar references and combining them with lyrical and completely
abstract interpretations, Young transforms the literal into the poetic.
This is Penn Young’s second solo exhibition at Clifford •