Mark Sheinkman: New Work

Mark Sheinkman: New Work

pierrepont by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Pierrepont, 2014

wyckoff by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Wyckoff, 2014

columbia by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Columbia, 2014

pacific by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Pacific, 2014

albee by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Albee, 2014

huntington by mark sheinkman

Mark Sheinkman

Huntington, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014Saturday, June 21, 2014

2685 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Opening reception: Saturday, May 17, 5-8PM

An abstract painter with roots in minimalistic drawing, Mark Sheinkman’s twenty-year-plus career depicts a core fascination with the essentials: line and space.

The grit of his works on paper from the 1990s - dense, mechanical grids and striations; the horizontals and verticals seemingly pressing and smearing against one another - eventually gave way to a more lyrical approach: still the same layering, depth and sculptural technique but now with an added levity; the gestural swirls capturing light in a way reminiscent of even earlier experimentations with flashlight drawings on photosensitive linen.

Sheinkman’s work is purely abstract, the titles arbitrary or archival, referring to the date or street names of the city where it was produced. The process is consistent: oil mixed with alkyd applied on linen to create a smooth, white surface onto which powdered graphite is added with brushes and rags. The artist then instinctively carves into the black with an eraser, exposing the white underneath. The action repeats; more graphite is deposited over the erasures, developing movement and history within the confines of a flat space. This is one of Sheinkman’s hallmarks: blending line, texture and contrast to compose spatially complex and visually hypnotic work.

Sheinkman continues to draw upon the lexicon established by the New York School with his latest body of work; recalling the mark-makings of Cy Twombly and the action of Jackson Pollock; all generated with the simplest of materials, following that creativity thrives in the company of restriction.

Sheinkman was born in New York in 1963 and received a B.A. from Princeton University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. He has exhibited regularly in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Museum Gegendstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany.

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