The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.
Claire Seidl show at David Richard Gallery
If you can make the trip to 121st Street and 3rd Ave. to see the Claire Seidl show at David Richard Gallery, I think you'll be quite glad you did. What a treat! The second I walked into the gallery I felt I was physically hit by the force of these paintings. They are real paintings, with deep emotions, questions, a sense of memory but also present humanity and gesture. Though clearly by the same artist with a mature language, each painting has a different story to tell, and even feels is done with slightly different techniques, from open, thinly painted, to dense layers, to thick and scratched out. Many (and maybe all in fact) look like they began with figures - in one painting I thought I saw a famous Picasso image - but these figures are obscured by the history of experience felt through the overlapping and entwined brushwork, as if the figures were deep memories or dreams, gone but lingering as we continue through our lives. The exhibition is up through April 15.