-- A Cyberspace Review Of The Arts

Volume 17.6
July 10, 2009

Robert Sievert
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David Mollet at the Bowery Gallery

by Robert Sievert

David Mollet: Birch Forest

David Mollet: Bird Creek

David Mollet: Ester Cliffs

David Mollet: Gilmore View

David Mollet: Hulahula

David Mollet: Rainbow Creek Flood

David Mollet: Suntrana

David Mollet: Tanana Logjam

David Mollet: Turnagain Arm

David Mollet: (no title)

One of the unfortunate occurrences in the change in format Artezine underwent this spring was that certain articles were put on hold. None was more grievous than the omission of one of the best landscape shows of the season, David Mollet at the Bowery Gallery last winter.

Mollet is foremost in a Modernist tradition and school of painting. Mostly furthered by the descendents of Abstract Expressionism, chiefly practitioners of a method inspired by Hans Hoffman. Hoffman's acute analysis of the picture plane could be taught. He educated a whole generation of artists who were able to put into use the principles of the master, fusing the principles of abstraction with various degrees of figuration. Now there is a second generation of artists taught by these artists.

What is most interesting to me is that it is that those who have been processed and educated in the "Hoffman method" are instantly recognizable to others with this same background.

I first saw David Mollet's paintings at the Bowery Gallery several years ago. They struck a chord in me. This artist was clearly in the Hofmann tradition. They had structure, depth and clarity.

His new show at Bowery is truly impressive. His paintings of Alaskan landscape are wonderfully achieved. Mollet's paintings are masterful in their completeness. He paints mostly on site and produces landscapes with depth and clarity. They are extremely personal, reducing the lush confusion of nature into orderly geometric patterns with a personal language form executed in masterly painterly strokes that seem to flow easily from his brush. "RAINBOW CREEK FLOOD" pictures a rushing stream of water set against a wood comprised of flattened shapes that pile up one against another to lead the eye further and further back into the picture.

"BIRCH FOREST" is another excellent painting. Here Mollet pictures a wood of strong straight trees in the foreground through which one is able to see distant mountains and a cloud-streaked sky. The combination of the warm yellows and autumnal greens of the forest are brilliantly set off against the cool blues and violets of a distant sky, incredible space and depth totally flattened out in the manner of the Hofmann school.

It was very gratifying to me to see this work and to realize that the working method so drummed into me 50 years ago at the Cooper Union by my teachers Nicolas Carone and Charles Cajori is very much alive and has had a fruitful flowering in this artist?s work. There are times when one walks through contemporary galleries in despair that the painterly tradition has been submerged in a jumbled confusion of postmodernist concepts. Some of us still believe that the path of modern art might still be linked to the art of painting and the continuity of a tradition of painterly space.

Back to the Front

Socrates Goes To The Country

German Art at Blue Mountain Gallery

Lousie Guerin at Blue Mountain Gallery

Nicolas Carone at Washburn Gallery

Diana Manister: Visual Poetry

A New Format

Artezine 16

Artezine 15

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Artezine 13



July 10, 2009