Kathleen Cullen

Loose Formations: Marc van Cauwenbergh

September 4 - October 18, 2008


Kathleen Cullen Gallery is proud to present the works of Marc Van Cauwenbergh. Marc Van Cauwenbergh is a Belgian born artist living in New York, and he has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Europe. His abstract compositions of predominately vertical shapes, created with thin washes of oil paint applied directly to linen, seem to possess very human qualities. The shapes, like intermingling bodies, translate as dynamic portraits caught in the midst of movement. The artist manipulates color and space to imbue each form with unique characteristics and personalities. With a developed visual vocabulary, Van Cauwenbergh is able to capture a wide array of expressions and moods.


The work is presented in a very real space in which the viewer is enticed to enter. The layering of paint creates a sense of depth that could be existed within, however the almost tactile forms block any real entrance into the space constantly reminding the viewer that it is artifice not reality. The dynamic interaction of real and artificial solidifies the tension in the work and creates an immensely dramatic viewing experience.


Project Room: Nolan Grunwald: Homage to the forefathers: collages of David Hockney, Dali, Phillip Guston, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and others.