Respected Artists

Untitled (zig zag), Todd Chilton 2008

Untitled (zig zag), 2008
Todd Chilton

Todd Chilton

By integrating chunky texture into paintings whose concerns may lean geometric, Todd Chilton stretches the muscle of non-objective compositions. Dense color and strong contrasts manipulate viewers’ perceptions, stepping them away from dried-up, recreational Op Art and instead hampering expectations on formal rigidity while demonstrating the effects of conjoining argumentative elements; even in the strict use of an achromatic palette, and with the simple plan of magnified quotidian line patterns hidden amongst the textures of waking life, Chilton ably creates, from primary elements, secondary revelations that work to cancel the very power of the structure from which they originate.

Future Beasts (SEA), Alexis Manheim 2013

Future Beasts (SEA), 2013
Alexis Manheim

Alexis Manheim

The delicate colorist — with one quick whiff you could expel the grains of pastel Alexis Manheim uses in her practice from the gravity of their ground. There is both joy and anger in her work, spirals of shouting and silence, the dancing of figures and the flames of sharp-angled lines cutting out space. It would be hard to miss the stories within her work, primordial fairy tales of urban life and jazz-inflected bugle-bursts of hue. While avoiding the cliché of making work solely about oneself, the emotional energy with which Manheim imbues her strokes and whiffs noticeably taps it foot and demands recognition, even when that Saddle-shoed ankle twists ever so shyly under a smoky nightclub canopy.

Moose Disco, Matthew Best 2013

Moose Disco, 2013
Matthew Best

Matthew Best

Matthew Best’s work feels like a bit of a rollercoaster, zips of motion loop around the picture plane, inverting one’s perception again and again. His sense for color is evident, especially in his courage to push limits with temperamental hues prone to bullying or antagonizing their viewers. And his ability to take geometry off a grid without falling into the flattened rainbow geodesia so common of painters nowadays is perhaps the most impressive aspect of his forward-looking practice.