At the heart of each picture are abstract “landscapes” built from gummy looking blobs of oil and alkyd paint. Wiped with ink to accentuate the crevasses that appear when the forms dry and shrink, these segments resemble aerial photographs seen without 3-D glasses.
From the viewer, the ten pictures in this show seem to demand nothing less than a reconciliation of their meticulously plotted contradictions — contradictions that for this artist are ultimately about the properties of paint.
The minimalist watercolors of Joachim Bandau, the German sculptor with whom Schulz shares this space, achieve the seemingly impossible feat of stacking up transparent, overlapping planes to create the illusion of transmitted light, and they do so without any visible trace of a brushstroke. It’s as if the artist had applied pigment to paper by gently exhaling.
–DAVID M. ROTH
Cornelia Schulz: New Paintings and Joachim Bandau: Red & Black, through Dec. 18, 2010 @ Patricia Sweetow Gallery.