Comments on: Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: Filip Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:56:48 +0000 Well written essay, great work David. On Fiona’s work, I’m confused with the direction she is taking in her paintings now. Yes technically one of the greatest painter today, but some of the ways she applies the paint is beginning to look too controlled for me, so that the gesture contains irony. The thing it is trying to represent (for example the speed of the gesture) becomes a bit too controlled that it loses its actually meaning. I have nothing against decorative elements in painting but there are too many things going on at the time that it the overall composition makes me feel like looking a a collage of things that fight against each other rather than portraying the dreamy things she writes in titles.
Overall still a great painter but not creating any new areas for her practice. I don’t know why but the Grotto painting (fig 2) reminds me of a recent work by Bill Jensen in his recent show covered in James Kalm channel. Its one articular painting that has this magical vertical stroke that reflects some of the feeling when i see a Fiona Rae.