Thomas Nozkowski: Recent Work

 Thomas Nozkowski, Left:  Untitled (8-128) , 2010, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right:  Untitled (N-15) , 2010, ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 5/8″ x 10″

Thomas Nozkowski, Left: Untitled (8-128), 2010, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right: Untitled (N-15), 2010, ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 5/8″ x 10″

An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Thomas Nozkowski is currently on view at The Pace Gallery in New York. For over thirty years Nozkowski has been creating abstract paintings, and his ability to continue discovering new forms and gestures results in incredibly varied work that maintains a consistent pictorial language. In this show, paintings are paired with their accompanying drawings, revealing the artistic process and possible alternate outcomes.

While the inclusion of drawings might take away or distract from the work of a lesser painter, in Nozkowski’s case they only act to bolster appreciation of his skill and ingenuity. Nozkowski was taught and influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, and his interest in form and process over conceptualization is evident in the work. He generally starts by laying down a mark or color and seeing where it takes him – adding to, subtracting from, or altogether changing that first gesture. The paper he keeps nearby serves as a ground on which to try to keep, or locate, his direction. He will sometimes work on a painting for many years, responding to his instincts without preconceptions each time he returns to the canvas. This process is at once spontaneous and methodical, resulting in imagery that feels both organic and polished.

The paintings and drawings are vibrant meditations on space and form, often creating the illusion of movement and weight or lightness through compositional and color choices. Certain works are grounded while others seem to float, and there is a multi-dimensional quality that is the result of shading, repainting, and varying hues. Each work is a revelation about the possibilities of expression, and the experience of looking is intense.

The show includes approximately forty new paintings and drawings, all created over the past two years. Throughout his career, Nozkowski has consistently made work that is incredibly good, avoiding redundancy while maintaining the methods and vocabulary that have served his process.

Thomas Nozkowski: Recent Work
The Pace Gallery, New York
October 22, 2010 – December 4, 2010

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition
 Thomas Nozkowski, Left:  Untitled (8-121) , 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right:  Untitled (N-9) , 2010, ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 1/2″ x 10″

Thomas Nozkowski, Left: Untitled (8-121), 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right: Untitled (N-9), 2010, ink and colored pencil on paper, 8 1/2″ x 10″

 Thomas Nozkowski, Left:  Untitled (8-129) , 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right:  Untitled (N-18) , 2010, oil, colored pencil, crayon and gouache on paper, 8 3/4″ x 10″

Thomas Nozkowski, Left: Untitled (8-129), 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 1/8″ x 28 1/8″. Right: Untitled (N-18), 2010, oil, colored pencil, crayon and gouache on paper, 8 3/4″ x 10″

 Thomas Nozkowski, Left:  Untitled (8-135) , 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28″. Right:  Untitled (N-29) , 2010, ink, colored pencil, oil and crayon on paper, 8 11/16″ x 9- 7/8″

Thomas Nozkowski, Left: Untitled (8-135), 2009, oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28″. Right: Untitled (N-29), 2010, ink, colored pencil, oil and crayon on paper, 8 11/16″ x 9- 7/8″

Meredith Hudson