Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fine Artist of the Month: Phases and evolutions of Hannah Mishin

For the past few months I have been doing an on-going series of writings about Fine Artists working in NYC.

This month I write a short Linked Essay for Hannah Mishin, one of the finest young Fine Artists of NYC.

Phases and evolutions of Hannah Mishin

To end, the being is not only the human. From the moment I first saw Hannah Mishin’s work, over 4 years ago, I saw that there was an elegance and sophistication rarely seen in contemporary painting. Mishin’s work utilizes both intimate minutia and the raw power of painting. The work has an enormous gravity, which attracts even the casual viewer. Mishin’s understanding of complex mental processes adds to each work and constantly builds on her language. It is a true false-color that guides her palate, layered in vivid spectrum and then covered with monochrome. Like a true Fine Artist, she utilizes subtlety and nuance for engaging the viewer thus showing her deeper understanding of surface. Her daily practice of painting, unlike Richter is not an expedition of painting ideas or fetishism, but a fully immersed painting experience. Her love of music is apparent, the visual noise meeting complex rhythm; then edited, mastered with her computer (her brain) which becomes the Glenn Gould dream: fully realized. Her latest work relies on applied paint through various stencils that have an end result of a slow unfolding that even the best digital photographic image and/or video can't capture. From discussions I have witnessed her constant learning and understanding of Fine Art and the world around her, Mishin’s work has matured and has had a consistent evolution, worthy of  following. While Mike Kelley might state that the avant-garde is dead, he should have taken Mishin's work into account. Her engagement with artists, and the entire art community in and around NYC has made a sustained difference. Here is the true "exploration of neurological functions as comprehensive of all that it is to be human". To begin, the human is not only the being.

As linked above, to see photographic documentation go here, I suggest to beg for a studio visit or better yet get her a show.