James Welling: Overflow

533 West 19th Street. 212 727 2072
Opens: 09/07/12, Closes: 10/27/12

James Welling’s ambitious, three-part exhibition takes Andrew Wyeth as a point of departure. In homage to an artistic inspiration of his youth, Welling ventured to the painter’s haunts in Maine and Pennsylvania to photograph not only Wyethesque scenes but also Wellingesque views of the painter’s easel and rooms of 18th-century houses where Wyeth painted. Welling’s triangulation of Wyeth, photography and painting-by-proximity hits upon an alchemy underlying photography in which theory, process, and chance freely percolate in uncertain proportions. DEBORAH GARWOOD

James Welling, Dry Pigments, 2011. Archival inkjet print on rag paper, 16 x 24 inches, edition of 5. Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery