Meditative Lines and a Good Egg: Dan Walsh on His Current Show at Paula Cooper
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Meditative Lines and a Good Egg: Dan Walsh on His Current Show at Paula Cooper

Installation view of Dan Walsh’s 2017 solo exhibition, at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. ©DAN WALSH/COURTESY PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK For patterns with origins in gestures so simple and systematic, the ordered forms in Dan Walsh’s paintings lead to a remarkable profusion of effects. They’re minimalistic—but not necessarily. They’re formalist—but not in the whole. They’re meditative—but somehow both more and less ethereal than a mention of meditation might suggest. “In the beginning, I see it as a gesture marking time; by the end, there’s so much information that it starts to define its own space—and you look in a different way,” Walsh said while leading a tour, methodically, through his latest show at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York. On view are paintings made in a recognizable mode—with functional lines, elemental shapes, and grid-evincing lozenges that evoke a language of their own. Walsh likened it to Morse code—“the dashes, the dots, a simple vocabulary that, with concentration, I put through complex systems that are still natural.” Another corollary is the creation and observation of Tibetan mandalas, whose conjoined processes of making and then contemplation after the fact are inextricable. “It tends to dabble in Zen,” Walsh said of […]

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