Reviews:

In 200 Words: David Humphrey at Marcia Wood

Sorry, looks like no contributors are set
alice
David Humphrey, Alice, 2014; acrylic on canvas, 18 by 24 inches.

In “Blind Handshake,” at Marcia Wood Gallery through March 29, New York artist David Humphrey paints with the honesty of an amateur and the expertise of a pro. I was set adrift in assorted atmospheres of acrylic narratives and seduced by a battle for my attention between highly abstract swirls and focused figurative elements. Humphrey’s approach is analytical yet undeniably effortless—utilizing no blueprint but possessing a sense of controlled anarchy.

Tickets to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival available soon!
ADVERTISEMENT

A narrative unfolds with At the Door, where we spy a barefoot woman listening at a cracked door with fireworks of recondite shapes, spheres, and colorings encompassing her head. The crackle of postmodernism is sedated, the equilibrium between relaxed and sharp.

David Humphrey, Spaceman, 2012; acrylic on canvas, 44 by 44 inches.
David Humphrey, Spaceman, 2012; acrylic on canvas, 44 by 44 inches.

Sky-blue eyelashes on a yellow-hued pony in Beach Horse and a pair of staring cats, as cute as emoticons with their yellow eyes and pink noses, in Refrigerator, are playful elements. In Spaceman, cognition is protected from all outside abstractions by a helmet, as the figure remains unaware of his vulnerable physicality.

In Alice, a woman’s body is made up of tangerine nipples, unhinged swashes of paint, and rectangular prisms of pigmentation. These paintings may pose as perplexing puzzles, but they are genuine—a victorious collaboration between binary egos.

Sherri Caudell, a poet and writer from Atlanta, is the new poetry editor of Loose Change magazine, published by WonderRoot. 

KAWS Prints now at the High Museum through March 27
ADVERTISEMENT

 

 

 

Related Stories

Call for Artists: February 2022

Call For Artists
Our monthly round up of calls, residencies, and opportunities includes an open call at Locust Projects in Miami, MacDowell Fellowships, and a call for teaching artists at Space One Eleven in Birmingham.

Ghost Orchid

Features
Monica Uszerowicz meditates on the fates of orchids within the ecosystems of the Everglades through artist Cristina Molina's Ghost Orchid: Fever Dream.