Since 1990 Levine has created monochrome paintings. By slowly building up layers of paint, he exploits difference: for each work the canvas is often a slightly different color, tone, or weave; it may be stretched at different depths, creating thinner or thicker profiles; the shapes are almost but not quite square; and thin borders amplify the paintings’ varying surfaces.
The process, which can take several years, is documented on the back, creating a kind of diary for each work’s growth.
The painted piece in this exhibition is part of the series of so-called “N-Bilder” (N-Pictures) initiated in 2010. All black-and-white paintings in this cycle are united by an alignment to the incalculable dimension of “N”.
The foundation of Feyld’s work is the exchange between the physical, material, and more ambiguous aspects of the perception in painting. His recent paintings typically have upwards of 20-30 layers of paint and pigmented medium. Each layer is added and sometimes sanded, until the weave of the cotton canvas, or grain of the wood is no longer evident.
Though the canvases appear cold and mathematically precise at first glance, close observers are rewarded with the painterly texture and gesture created by Feyld’s layered process and free-hand line. The interplay between exactitude and expression contributes to the tension present in Feyld’s works, which is aggravated by his dramatic use of positive and negative space.
Sunday-S Gallery (press release)