For Ben Pines, painting unremarkable scenery in a simplified way is not as much about representing the world out there, as it is about discovering himself.
Even in his purely abstract paintings, Etienne engages the mystery and longing of looking into the distance without being able to physically travel there.
A show at the Grunwald Gallery proposes that a small painting has different associations and effects than a large one does. In other words: size matters.
Following Mark Ratzlaff’s career has been challenging—before to his current show, his last solo exhibition was held in 2005.