James Kalm Reviews New Work by Brice Marden
I have posted before about James Kalm’s YouTube reviews of art shows in New York. Here he is in his characteristic style, whispering about the art so as not to disturb anyone, only to be disturbed himself, by a mobile phone. It’s not unlike an old Dom Joly sketch. I have often wanted to attend a gallery show with video camera running just to see whether I could pull it off like James Kalm does. Well, in the closing frames of this one he is thwarted. Nevertheless, he succeeds in questioning the ‘control’ of the gallery by simply quoting them, at the same time as finding a way around their prohibition.
Returning to a material and motif the artists used several years ago, most of these works are fabricated using small slabs of marble as grounds. Incorporating the swirling veins of black crystal silicate that naturally appear in the marble, the artist then “assists” these forms with hard edge lines and geometric bands and blocks of color to create paintings at once modern and ancient. Also includes views of paintings on canvas and a interrupted attempt to record “Ru Ware Project”, a multi-panel painting that Marden has worked on for six years.