Magazine article Artforum International

Ann Craven: Southard Reid

Magazine article Artforum International

Ann Craven: Southard Reid

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Ann Craven's third solo exhibition in London was also the first devoted entirely to her palette paintings. As the name of the show, "Untitled (Palettes: Naked, Tagged), 2013-14," implied, the fifty canvas objects on view in the gallery, all 24 x 18 inches, had first been used as palettes to mix paint; Craven says she finds it "easier to mix color on a canvas than on paper palettes." The pieces are dated from October 2013 to October 2014 and hung chronologically in a single line along each of the two floors of the gallery; each work corresponds to a single painting or group of paintings for which it served as a surface for mixing color. Hence, the 2014 palettes (along with some from 2013) that were exhibited in London, for example, are documents of a series of representational paintings exhibited at Hannah Hoffman Gallery in Los Angeles that year. Despite their origins as a kind of by-product, the New Englander's paintings deepen our understanding of her project.

Each palette, in effect, not only captures a period of time, but also forms a physical archive of color for each corresponding painting. In some cases, Craven adds a quick sketch of the companion work. To accompany this visual data, she also notes the dates, subject matter, and, often, location within each title. For example, a pink linear sketch of an owl on a white palette with splotches of yellow, orange, and red along the right side and a large gray patch in the middle is named Untitled (Palette, Cushing, Snowy Owl, Doves, 10-25-14-10-27-14), 2014. The details on each palette help specify the precise work it documents, which would otherwise be unclear, as Craven often repeats the same images and colors, sometimes almost exactly.

Craven's imagery (e.g., of birds, flowers, deer, trees, people, the moon) is predominately taken from nature, while her gestural paint application highlights expression over representation. …

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