Eliminating portraiture from her paintings and compressing the pictorial plane have allowed Holly Coulis to be more idiosyncratic, playful, convincing, and even funny.
OK, full disclosure: I have never been a huge Marsden Hartley fan.
If Friday night is the night for gallery openings in Bushwick, then last Thursday in Chelsea was a type of artistic foreplay. You could tell that something was in the air by the density of Bushwick regulars in front of Chelsea’s Standpipe Gallery on West 25th Street. And indeed, a group show Fresh Paint From Bushwick, which features seven emerging Bushwick talents (Gina Beavers, Holly Coulis, Halsey Hathaway, Rachel LaBine, Kerry Law, Adam Simon and Josette Urso), was just opening that night.