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STUDIO VISIT 1 - 1
opens january 7 // 5.30 -8.30pm at Cris Worley Fine Arts
by Todd Camplin

Cris Worley Gallery is opening up this year with a group show that features artists from her
studio visit adventures. I am looking forward to seeing work by Paul Booker, Blayer Stiller, and
Howard Sherman, but I am also excited to learn about Anne Allen’s and Trey Egan’s art.
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Every time I see a new series of work by Paul Booker, I get that much more excited. Booker does
not disappoint with the preview images I received in the press release,  I cannot wait to see the
work in person. I remember seeing his paintings at Dunn and Brown a few years back. The
works were his sculptures realized in two dimensional paintings and in colors. I say in two
dimensions, but with the lacquer layered paint, you might have thought you were seeing
floating sculptures of paint. Now he is working with water color and his abstract images use
negative space to float on the canvas
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Howard Sherman, Bingo wing, 2011, acrylic and marker on canvas, 70 x 60 inches
Blayre Stiller’s charcoal drawings are photorealistic and so much more. She draws female figures
and creates patterns and shapes in clusters on a minimal white background. From Stiller’s
statement, she sees the work as an “abstract explorations of space, motion, gesture, and
utterance as they relate to the visual form.” I whole heartily agree. One could project all
kinds of social issues in these works, but sometimes an image is less about a statement
of the ideal and more about the feeling of beauty and grace.
.  Howard Sherman paints on the shoulders of Jean-Michel Basquiat with his mixture of abstraction
and cartoon images. I feel a pure sense of emergent properties in his marks of paint that come
together to give birth to a kind of mutated creature. Like de Kooning’s women series, I see
Sherman making his abstract art about a subject. These works are not concerned with
transcendent quality of abstract art. Sherman’s paintings are very much about material
and he makes you abundantly aware of the paint on the canvas. You can observe that
each canvas is worked over. I see slashes of paint in his work, the paint is built up, layered,
and drips are allowed to give the painting further expression.  A bit random and very
colorful, you will either love or hate his work, but Sherman leaves you no room to be indifferent.
Paul Booker, Button Forms: Reds and Oranges, 2011, ink, watercolor on canvas, 19 x 19 inchesms, 2008
Trey Egan, Are You To Keep Your Own Prize, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
Blayre Stiller, Untitled, 2011, charcoal on paper mounted on birch panel, 36 x 36 inc
of the work. For me, this is not enough to really comment about the work, so all I can say is I am
looking forward to seeing their work up on the walls. The show “Studio Visit 1-1” will open on
the 7th of January (reception from 5.30-8.30pm)and run through February 11th..