January 15, 2016 - Aesthetica Magazine
New York based artist, David Mann presents an exhibition of paintings inspired by the sympathetic strings found on instruments, such as the sitar, that are only heard when touched by the vibrations of other strings. The sounds of which are only but also covered by a top layer. This feeling of intimacy and immensity resonates throughout the show. The paintings are lacquered with layers of acrylic, oil and translucent glazes. Gradients of colour saunter across the expansive surfaces, which erupt with mineral spirit bubbles and are contoured by taut white lines. The paintings are aesthetically liberating but also carefully restrained, offering the viewer a precise yet ambiguous artistic experience.Download Article (PDF)
January 13, 2016 - David Hornung
David Mann explores the evocative properties of color and light as he works in the gap between abstraction and representation. His best paintings provide a visual experience that is richly visual and psychologically engaging. With their luminous depths and mystery of means they sometimes provoke the kind of surprising disorientation one feels when stumbling upon a dramatic scene of natural beauty. The summary effect is paradoxical: paintings that are both lucid and enigmatic. This compelling duality has long been and continues to be a defining characteristic of Mann’s work.Download Article (PDF)
January 13, 2016 - DJ Pangburn
New York-based artist David Mann has been making art for decades, with his most recent work exploring abstract shapes configured in such a way that they appear both microscopic and galactic. For his latest exhibition, Sympathetic Strings, his first solo show, Mann explores the idea of sympathetic strings, or those found on instruments like a sitar, that lie just below the strings that are struck by the musician. These sympathetic strings are triggered only by the vibrations of the played strings.Download Article (PDF)
December 9, 2015 - Pat Rogers
PULSE Miami Beach cleared their decks and closed on Saturday but the memory of the art seen continues on. The art fair expanded considerably from last year's edition by adding a second tent to its art fair set by the sea. PULSE plans an equal expansion for its upcoming edition in New York City in March 2016. With the expansion in Miami Beach also came a more polished fair. Video art played a much smaller part than last year but otherwise the fair kept steady in quality and booth presentation.
I became enamored with paintings by Tegene Kunbi after seeing them at PULSE New York in 2014. At that art fair, Margaret Thatcher Projects presented a solo show of the work. Channeling a variety of cultural influences, Kunbi creates paintings with bands of thick color made from thick brush strokes that infuse the works with texture.
By the time I passed by the booth at PULSE Miami Beach, there were only a few paintings remaining by Tegene Kunbi. Having seen an extensive array of paintings previously, the paintings remained strong and were standouts at this year's booth.Download Article (PDF)
July 15, 2015 - Piri Halasz
Kunbi’s chosen vehicles of expression in this exhibition are stripes of many different colors. It might appear as though stripes are an overly familiar vehicle, having already been employed with such magnificence by Kenneth Noland, as well as by lesser artists like Gene Davis, Bridget Riley, & Gerhard Richter.
Kunbi’s stripes are different.
For one thing, his paint surfaces are rougher and freer (he works with a mixture of rollers and brushes, and often on several paintings at one time). There is a real textural interest here...Download Article (PDF)
July 4, 2015 - Piri Halasz
The sun has yet to pass high noon with the career of the artist represented in “Tegene Kunbi: Danjerus Cable” at Margaret Thatcher Projects (extended through July 17). Born in Ethiopia in 1980, Kunbi is still only in his 35th year.
After receiving his BFA from the University of Addis Ababa in 2004, he continued his education at the Universitȁt der Kűnste Berlin, and continues to be Berlin-based.
This is his second solo exhibition with Margaret Thatcher, and the explanation for its title (which is also the title of one of its finest paintings) is something he has yet to share with his gallery. Never mind. The radiance of his color schemes more than compensates for the mystery of some of his titles.
June 12, 2015 - Amy Pleasant & Pete Schulte
Sometimes you need to stay in your own backyard...
Thanks to Clayton Colvin for the great studio visit, to Nelson at Stewart Perry Construction for the private tour of the historic Lyric Theatre that is currently under renovation, and to Michael Straus for giving us the opportunity to curate Drift. We were happy to share opening night with Jo Nigoghossian who unveiled her commission Mast (Alabama).
June 9, 2015 - Paul Laster
Opening: “Tegene Kunbi: Danjerus Cable” at Margaret Thatcher Projects
A talented abstract artist, Ethiopian-born, Berlin-based Tegene Kunbi makes luscious paintings with richly textured surfaces and linear blocks of vibrant color. Translating the palette of his African roots, Kunbi creates a visual language that can be understood universally.
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May 19, 2015 - Sherman Sam
Situated in an old walk-up apartment block in a quiet suburban meighborhood, Gary Carsley's latest exhibition lends another sense to the notion of the contemplation garden. Here an IKEA Gilbert chair - selected for its playful link to Gilbert & George, who in Carsley's words "make works that allowed the viewerd to be with and in the art" - sits in front of a round Chinese garden gate, Astria Portia 4 (Moongate/Stargate) (all works 2014); this lifesize lambda print... (Download PDF for complete article)Download Article (PDF)
April 2, 2015 - Paul Hegarty