James Nares

new paintings at Paul Kasmin 74 Grand St.
Mar 24-Apr 24 '99

"Nares attempts to approximate a paradox in his painting, striving for an effect that is at once calculated and impulsive, the product of rote repetition as well as instantaneous and decisive action. Laying the canvas flat, he uses a brush of his own making ("I only make them because I have to," he says. "If I could purchase the brushes I needed, I'd be the happiest artist") to execute a bold, oversize mark in a single movement.

Stepping back from the painting, he then assesses the quality of this apparently spontaneous gesture; more often than not, he doesn't like the result and wipes away the paint. Nares repeates the process until he judges the effect successful." ---David Rimanelli

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