For EM 5, Alan Neider. 2019
Artist Alan Neider debuted his latest works at the Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea in March 2019. Highlighted was "For EM" a tribute to artist Elizabeth Murray. Neider pays homage to Murrays distinctive style of uniquely shaped canvases with illusionistic space in two-dimensions. Murray’s paintings and watercolors playfully blur the line between the painting as an object and the painting as a space for depicting objects. Neiders work expands on this concept to incorporate a variety of textures and materials.
“My work has always been about painting. I built out from the surface of my first paintings because the forms needed to come out into space. Some early paintings were free standing 3-dimensional forms. Some of the forms I have built and painted include: chairs, lamps, curtains, dresses as well as dimensional abstract paintings that hang on the wall. I create/build difficult and challenging surfaces to paint. I believe these surfaces in conjunction with the inherent textures wood, fabric, ceramics lead to a richer, complex experience.”