I would never describe Ian Fisher’s work as languid. Yet this is the word that repeatedly comes to mind after seeing his latest body of work, “Make it Rain,” at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The variations of paled out reds, Atmosphere No. 58 (The Pink Nude), 2014 paired next to the peachy Atmosphere No. 59, 2014 supplicates references to fleshiness.
Yes, there’s something about color fields and abstraction here but color choices paired with the notation to Matisse’s Large Reclining Nude (The Pink Nude) in his title for Atmosphere No. 58 Fisher allows for other kinds of descriptions and genus of tension (some may call it sexual others may allude to it much more formally).
These pink clouds formed with sharp edges and small flourishes of wispily sensual clouds roil, pull forward and then recede. The clouds sit on the edge of the plane, languishing not from exhaustion or boredom- they are not limp, droopy or lacking in quickness- the clouds here in (The Pink Nude) lie in abeyance- smoldering.
There’s new possibilities in this referentiality. Fisher has been painting these kinds of clouds for years; allowing his work to open slowly, without rush- transgressive in today’s world.
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See Ian Fisher’s work through November 9, 2014 at the Denver Botanic Gardens- http://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/indoor/make-it-rain-paintings-ian-fisher