Dennis Congdon...navigating meaning
Dennis Congdon's show at CUE Foundation was reviewed by William Corwin for the Brooklyn Rail.
The conceit of the Forum Romanum as a regulating geometry of jumbled ruins, architectural conglomerates spanning centuries, and crumbling statuary belies the real focus of Congdon’s paintings, which is the accumulation and appropriation of mostly classical and classically inspired objects as stand-ins for a very modern psychic sensibility. The piles and mounds in these large canvases drip with implication, forming tidy connections between sex, art, desire, and studio practice, and presenting for our consideration the eternal problem of drawing inspiration from the past—or in fact, drawing inspiration at all.
|Dennis Congdon, “Midden,” 2013. Flashe and enamel on canvas, 94 × 107".|
|Dennis Congdon, “Visuvi,” 2013. Flashe and enamel on canvas, 94 × 107".|