March 19 – May 9, 2015
Recent Paintings presents the culmination of an intensive period of development for Sheinkman, which began in 2013, and is marked by a radical expansion of his pictorial vocabulary. The seven paintings on view have their genesis in the ribbon-like paintings, which he began to make in 2007. Sheinkman, who has always been primarily concerned with the ability of line to render meaning, has begun to experiment with a much wider range of visual effects. The most recent works have a density of mark-making that essentially obliterates any sense of a figure/ground relationship.
Executed in oil, alkyd and graphite on linen, Sheinkman’s paintings have a striking physical presence. He begins each painting by laying down a white ground of oil and alkyd to which he applies a layer of graphite; the “imagery” in each painting is then generated by removing the graphite with various instruments. There is a tension between their clearly handmade facture and the almost photographic distance at which they place the viewer.
Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Von Lintel Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles, and group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin. Sheinkman has had solo shows at the Museum Gegenstandfreier Kunst in Otterndorf, Germany, the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, and at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. Sheinkman’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including those of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York City. This is his third one-man exhibition at Steven Zevitas Gallery.