by Laura Hutson
If you're interested in the process of making art — of taking a line and turning it into something else — you'll want to see York's show before it closes on Jan. 26. He's given us some images of the show's installation, and I've posted those, as well as Joe's Pick on the show, after the jump.
Lain York’s new exhibition at Belmont University’s Leu Art Gallery is an elegant display of abstract paintings on panels. The work finds the artist traveling further along an ongoing trajectory of deconstructing his own process just as surely as his explorations break tribal masks, archaeological sites and ancient architecture down into their constituent parts. The show’s central piece features a dancing sequence of large, unfinished panels. The cockeyed, off-kilter installation creates an ebullient mood, but the lyrical white arabesques that swirl across the surfaces balance nervously between reassuring elegance and anxiety-inducing chaos. Many of York’s lines are made with Wite-Out correction tape, which creates an even deeper dialogue about covered-over mysteries and excavated discoveries. Additional markings that appear to be made with a plain pencil can only be discovered through up-close inspection, and implicate the viewer in York’s inspired investigations.