Friday, March 19, 2010

Nolan Hendrickson paints with riotous humor.

There is a giddy irreverence at play in the large canvases of New York artist Nolan Hendrickson. Queer culture seems equally celebrated and lampooned as swishy/butch men pose lasciviously together and alone. Hendrickson's keen color sense and daring graphic approach captivate as he hilariously gooses good taste with raunchiness. While these paintings must inevitably be seen against a background of social and political change, their impish ambivalence keeps them from being either didactic or merely decorative. We are charmed and challenged. This is gutsy stuff.
Nolan Hendrickson's website can be found in my list of links.