NEW YORK – MILES McENERY GALLERY is pleased to announce a presentation of new paintings by Warren Isensee. The exhibition will open on 16 July at 525 West 22nd Street and will remain on view through 29 August 2020. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring a text by Ken Johnson.
Flawlessly executed, Warren Isensee’s paintings present the viewer with a seductive and alluring assortment of shapes and colors. The various patterns and forms fade in and out, while simmering with the artist’s archetypal sense of humor and irony. Titles such as ‘Pillow Talk,’ ‘Rise and Shine,’ and ‘LOL’ playfully riff on phrases inherent to contemporary culture, highlighting Isensee’s negotiation of the line between reality, artifice and representation.
Patterns begin to delightfully pulsate and radiate through the work, in oscillations that are at once hypnotic and soothing. As Ken Johnson notes in his catalogue text Wiggly World: A Conversation with Myself About Warren Isensee’s New Paintings, “with their emphatically flat, frontal, and symmetrical compositions, the repetition and recursion of blobby forms outlined in black and in a tasty range of hues, from chocolaty browns and mossy greens to neon-bright pinks and yellows, all painted, with a precise, silky touch, they are optically dazzling.”
The paintings on display trace their origins to the artist’s series of delicate, miniature pencil drawings, rendered with a concise and single layer of color application. Observed in an historic moment of vast upheaval, unprecedented in living memory, Isensee’s complete body of work celebrates vibrancy, dynamism and spontaneous movement and ultimately imbues the viewer with a sense of optimism.