by Jonathan Curiel
Visual Arts: Finding the Challenging and the Accessible in Eight Fall Shows
By Jonathan Curiel Wednesday, Sep 4 2013
"Joshua Meyer: Rustle, Sparkle, Flutter, Float"
Nov. 7-30, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, 210 Post St., S.F. 956-3560, dolbychadwickgallery.com.
Using a knife instead of a brush, Joshua Meyer paints canvases that seem like they were scraped into existence. The scrapes and shifts of paint create beautifully abstract works. Except that within Meyer's art are figures — people put together with other scrapes of paint. His work always intrigues.
Highbrow: Meyer's semi-abstractions force the viewer to explore his canvases for beginnings and endings. They're there and they're not — an ambiguity that Meyer hopes his audience is as enthusiastic about as he is.
Lowbrow: Meyer's painting style and his splashy colors beckon viewers with ease — a kind of eye candy that makes for an easy first impression.