Ted Gahl Offers Further Proof That Painting Ain’t Dead Yet

You’ve got another few days to catch Ted Gahl’s excellent solo show at Dodge Gallery, “Sundays (Like the Brightest Light in the Theatre Shining on an Empty Stage).” Composed of paintings and painting-like sculptures, the exhibition is rife with art historical and autobiographical references. For some of the works, Gahl enlarges and reproduces savvy drawings he made as a young child, layering enlarged versions of these figurative doodles (a cigarette-smoking house painter, for instance) into nuanced compositions. One tiny wooden sculpture traps a variety of internationally-acquired paintbrushes into a sort of Minimalist jail cell; another tiny painting, tucked away beneath the stairwell, features an assortment of eyeballs peeping out from a dark background. A large painting incorporates a reproduction of a plank-like Blinky Palermo sculpture, made by wrapping canvas around a 2×4. (Many of the works exploit common materials from the aisles of Home Depot; certain paintings come within a frame made out of the generic paint-stirring sticks given out at that D.I.Y. superstore).

Gahl’s exhibition is on view through January 23, concurrent with the Chuck Webster-curated “Age of Small Things,” a wonderfully eclectic melange of folk art, obscure objects, and tiny drawings and paintings from the likes of Ellen Altfest, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Brian Belott, and many others. Don’t miss it.

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Gahl3ALL IMAGES: Sundays (Like the Brightest Light in the Theatre Shining on an Empty Stage), 2014, installation view. Courtesy of the artist and DODGEgallery. Photo: Martin Parsekian.

 

 

Raymond Pettibon’s Weird Wit

Raymond Pettibon’s exhibition, "To Wit" opened last night at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. The prolific artist (and semi-crazed Twitterer) tacked paintings and drawings all over the space—a sort of drunken salon-style hanging—interspersed with enigmatic phrases scrawled directly on the wall ("I’ve probably forgotten sum things, buyt s’nuff said for now. Whuytuyp.")

One of our favorite pieces: A brightly colored still life of an elegant table setting that reads, "The maid was so nervous serving dinner that her hands were trembling as she painted this."

We ran into painter Chuck Webster at the opening and asked him to expound on his own love for all things Pettibon. Check out what he had to say below.

And then go see his own exhibition, currently up at Betty Cuningham Gallery, also in Chelsea. And he’s also in a massive drawing show (with collaborator Ross Simonini) that opens tonight at Know More Games in Brooklyn.