James White and Gunter Umberg are two considered painters. At first sight one might assume that a conversation between the most abstract of abstractionists and a painter dedicated to the resuscitation of certain traditions associated with realism might be short or at least a little contended. But rather than being adversarial one starts to realise that there may only be three degrees of separation here rather than six and that image and space, material and support, intention and vision are simply elements in the service of a startling and cohesive proposition.
This is the very first time the Fox Jensen Gallery will present White’s work and yet the quality of provocation and clarity, the measured sensibility that is fundamental to Umberg’s work feels demonstrable in his paintings. Both artists request we slow down so as to begin to apprehend, not what it is that we see but what it is that we don’t, not simply what the painting feels like, but what feeling it invokes in us.