FIVE FROM FIVE "A SAMPLING OF PAINTING IN NEW YORK CITY
dArt International, Summer 2012
Scott Malbaurn paints with a kind of religious discipline. Paintings emerges from the exercise of practice, and practice is the performance of certain orders. Within the strictures of his art, Malbaurn finds a vision of becoming, with the formal motif of the chevron yielding another iteration of itself ad infinitum. In Young World, in the artist’s show at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, concentric diamonds of gray, black, and creamy coral orange hold within them a replicant, a chip off the old block, but turned upright. This new life, although made from the same old stuff, won’t behave – it wants it space, it wants its say, and it wants it now.