You might have noticed recently that I enjoy finding a pull quote to use as the subject line of my newsletter. This one, hyping up abstract painting, comes from Larry Ossei-Mensah, an independent curator who was born in the Bronx but is constantly on the move.
I took notice of Ossei-Mensah’s stance on abstraction: he describes it as a field we don’t give enough attention to. While that’s definitely not the case around these parts, it definitely is the case that the preeminence of abstract painting is a thing found in history books rather than setting the tone for the present.
In this article I’ve linked to, Ossei-Mensah wants to spread the word about a fellow native to the Bronx, the painter Patrick Alston. Alston makes energetic abstractions, paintings covered in scribbles and scrawls and big fields of solid color.
“I can sit in front of one of his works for hours,” Ossei-Mensah says, “trying to register the marks, trying to get the sense of how he felt at the end of that day with that painting or that drawing.”