Jonathan Lasker's Untitled, 2019

Jonathan Lasker
Untitled, 2019

Painting

Oil on paper

5.91 x 7.87 in

Unique

Greene Naftali

An innovative, historical painter of the 1980s and 1990s, Jonathan Lasker has developed a distinctly singular visual language through his fluid and elusive investigation of the relationship between drawing, painting, metaphor, and legibility—defining new terrain within the material concerns of the medium. These intimate and untitled drawings from 2019 exemplify Lasker’s lexicon of linemaking, through which he explores critical philosophical and theoretical discourses on semiotics. Lasker's marks function both as figure and symbol, willful yet enigmatic. Subtleties in position and layering complicate their correspondence, engaging compositional hierarchies to destabilize figure / ground relationships. Lasker's bold and buzzing lines refuse to fade into the recesses, while other elements both interrupt and overlap. Color, for Lasker, further complicates interpretation; the yellow, pink, blue, orange, and black define entities to no definitive end. Neither figure nor symbol, the white spaces simultaneously signal a mental lapse, an idea lost to the subconscious, and the gestural drive of the artist’s hand.

An innovative, historical painter of the 1980s and 1990s, Jonathan Lasker has developed a distinctly singular visual language through his fluid and elusive investigation of the relationship between… more

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