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Howard Fonda, A Healthy Sense of All I Do Not Know

Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street, 212-331-8888
February 7 - March 8, 2008
Reception: Thursday, February 7, 6 - 8 PM
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Mixed Greens is pleased to announce Howard Fonda’s third solo show with the gallery. In this exhibition, he will debut a new body of paintings and drawings.

In this latest series, Fonda’s sincere and introspective paintings are each made alla prima, in one sitting. This urgency of mark results in a raw and visceral surface reminiscent of an underpainting, but with the craft and precision of finish. Full of rich color and earthy hues, each painting embodies a directness that binds form with content as Fonda explores his relationship to meaning and truth.

Instead of adhering to a singular aesthetic, Fonda privileges his studio practice and process, where his choice of subject dictates form. As a result, he adeptly crosses genres and applies methods of both abstraction and representation. With reverence, Fonda references an historical narrative ranging from Platonic thought to Classical sculpture; Aboriginal textiles to mythic storytelling; and Romantic literature to expressionism.

By framing existence within spirituality, semantics, metaphysics and paint itself, Fonda’s confidence and curiosity, coupled with a self-deprecating sense of humor, remind us all that there is much about the world we do not know.
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