Marcel Eichner & Valerie Jaudon - Art Collector

  Installation view, Valerie Jaudon: Alignments, 2015. Photo: Sandra Paci. Courtesy: DC Moore Gallery, New York

By Jess Holburn

The selection of recent geometric paintings by Valerie Jaudon at DC Moore Gallery with a palette reduced to monochromatic options and a practice that centers on interlocking forms. Inspired by the modulation and syncopation of music, works such as “Cadenza” and “Consonant” perfectly illuminate the contrapuntal elements of her compositions that are both elegant yet hard-edged, ordered and optical. A closer viewing at the surface of her canvases reveal the subtle textures of oil paint and exposed raw linen. The works on paper are no less complex, in these Jaudon begins to toy with intense blues amidst more chromatic pieces, harmoniously juxtaposed in a salon hang.

A committed member of the original Pattern and Decoration group, Jaudon has exhibited internationally across many major museums including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Städel Museum in Germany and the Louisiana Museum of Modern art in Denmark among others, not to mention the many international public projects.

  Installation view, Marcel Eichner, James Fuentes, 2015. Courtesy: James Fuentes, New York

Where Jaudon offers a kind of controlled chaos, Marcel Eichner brings his own kind of chaotic musicality to his first solo show with James Fuentes. With a crude caricature style reminiscent of George Grosz and Otto Dix, Eichner evokes both banality and brutality in his large scale canvases, combining states of associative consciousness through the fluid use of ink in tandem with disorienting picture planes.

Eichner was formerly represented by David McKee who recently retired and closed his gallery after 41 years in the business, McKee discovered Philip Guston and Vija Celmins, Eichner was the youngest artist in the program. Eichner studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany under Jörg Immendorff. Previous solo shows include exhibitions at McKee Gallery of New York and Contemporary Fine Arts of Berlin.

Valerie Jaudon, Alignments shows at DC Moore Gallery from 1 September to 10 October 2015

Marcel Eichner shows at James Fuentes Gallery from 12 September to 11 October 2015

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