Wallace Whitney (b. 1969, Boston, MA) lives and works in the Bronx, NY. He received a MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Additionally, Whitney is a co-founder of the pioneering CANADA gallery in the Lower East Side. The artist is represented by Horton Gallery, where he has been featured in a solo show, a group show, an art fair, and a solo presentation at The Armory Show, New York, and Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, FR. The artist was featured in a two-person presentation with James Hyde at the NADA Art Fair, Miami in 2013.

The unmediated and improvisational quality in Wallace Whitney’s paintings likens each of them to scientific residue or psychic mementos. They serve as witnesses to the gesture, evidence of the body, and as a reaffirmation of the intrinsic materiality of painting. Whitney has inherited a strong gestural sense from artists like Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, yet his disarming, discordant use of color, line, and pictorial depth are evocative of Hans Hofmann or Philip Guston. The artist’s sensitivity to his immediate surroundings and landscape root the works in the moment; from the wash of LaGuardia jet traffic in the sky to the defiantly scarred street trees, flocks of noisy feral parrots, and the outcrops of Bronx bedrock coated in spray paint, Whitney folds these fragments from daily life into formally rich and poetically generous abstract pictures.

Notable Exhibitions:
James Hyde and Wallace Whitney, New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami, FL (with Horton Gallery)
Contact High: Sarah Braman and Wallace Whitney, American Contemporary, New York, NY
Solo Presentation, The Armory Show, New York, NY (with Horton Gallery)

Press Mentions:

"For her last solo show in New York in 2011...Sarah Braman sliced apart a camper, augmenting its Gordon Matta-Clark-like cross sections with splashes of bold paint and prismatic rectangles of steel and tinted Plexiglas...[On this occasion] she has invited one of her fellow Canada Gallery cofounders, painter Wallace Whitney, along for the ride. Like Whitney's abstract landscape compositions, Braman's work pulls apart the familiar and figurative so as to focus attention on colors and surfaces' formal qualities. 'I think the dialogue in the work could be pretty intense and beautiful. We are both interested in a type of dynamism in the forms in our work,' Whitney says. 'Sarah uses cubic shapes, found furniture, or boxes of fabricated steel, tipped and tilted. I like to use aggressive slashing lines that cut into the stability of the canvas.' " - Benjamin Sutton, "Driving Dynamism: Canada cofounders join forces", Modern Painters, May 2013.

“Whitney’s paintings are undoubtedly the result of long, contemplative moments of reflection and, as the title [Dream Feed] suggests, bouts of stream of consciousness. And yet, it’s as if every gesture is meant to obliterate as much as accentuate what came before.” - Nana Asfour, “Wallace Whitney, ‘Dream Feed’ ”, Time Out New York, November 1, 2010.

“In addition to the touch, palette and surface that comes with the territory, Whitney’s paintings court a fundamental turbulence of the visual field, a fluidity of boundaries between pictorial components.” – Stephen Maine, “The Big (Juicy) Apple: Three current shows of abstract painterliness”, Artcritical.com, November 2, 2010.

“But while the brassy and more overt gestures Whitney makes dominate the canvases – this is certainly an aesthetic of parry and thrust – there are quieter moments within them as well: drips and globs of paint that leaven the drama. Whitney orchestrates pigment into a kind of harmony, his compositions always seeming resolved, as if they have been brought back from the edge of dissonance into something more contemplative. – James Yood, Artforum, November 2008.

Photo: Joplin Steinweiss


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