Eating Paint features five artists, including three with Houston-area roots. The title refers to a 1961 manifesto by Claes Oldenburg called Ode to Possibilities that argues for a visceral and exuberant way of art making, stating that "I am for an art…that spits and drips…that you can squeeze and kiss…which is eaten like a piece of pie…"
The artists in this exhibition share this sentiment and engage in a muscular style of painting charged with pictorial energy and visual opulence. In contemporary art, there has been a return to tactile and physical sensibilities as a reaction to the flat screen and the sterility of technology. As conceptual and digital works in a post-Internet culture have become all the rage, these artists have rediscovered the immediacy and serendipity of the act of painting.
On view through Feb. 28.
Rudolph Blume Fine Art ArtScan Gallery
1836 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
Admission is free.
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