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Philip Vanderhyden

Hudson Franklin Gallery
508 West 26th Street, Suite 318, 212-741-1189
February 21 - March 31, 2007
Reception: Wednesday, February 21, 6 - 8 PM
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By taking the primary element of the brushstroke as his principal tool, Vanderhyden takes a challenging stance among contemporary abstractions while being rooted in the history of Morris Louis, Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. He begins with a complex ground that is sanded almost to a polish, and the “subject” takes shape through the intricate balance of application and removal of color. Color is Vanderhyden┬╣s more discretionary tool, and the new paintings range from lurid oranges to intense greens and violets with a grisly dark red acting as the bridge between the two.

In a recent essay about Vanderhyden’s work, Lane Relyea wrote:

Vanderhyden makes the image of insubstantiality seem a byproduct of industrial toxins and materials, of a lethally corrosive process leaving the merest ghost of form. And yet these ghosts count in Vanderhyden’s art as figurative, with each regally immortalized in portrait form.
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