Review of "What Gives" Exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art in Two Coats of Paint, May,10, 2023.
Contributed by Adam Simon / At first glance, Tom McGlynn’s paintings, on display at his solo show “What Gives” at Rick Wester Fine Art, seem to be examples of minimalist abstraction, free of narrative, subject, or anything associative. His arrangements of rectangles of solid color on a monochromatic field evoke modernism’s utopian origins: Mondrian, Van Doesburg, De Stijl, Neo-plasticism, painting purged of anything that could be thought extraneous. For contemporary abstract painters, however, these basic shapes are historically weighted signifiers, no longer free of association. One cannot now make a geometric abstract painting without it also being a depiction of a geometric abstract painting. McGlynn is fully aware of this doubling. For him, it isn’t a quandary as much as a defining characteristic of his work. What is remarkable is that, out of such seemingly depleted soil, he can conjure such visual richness.
Geochromatic Index: Tom McGlynn and the Asymtotes of Opticality
An online exhibition of an ongoing photographic project, curated by
Mohammad Salemy for dadabasenyc. Accompanying text by Salemy.
Contemporary arts, literature, poetry and politics
Editor at large, and regular contributing writer since 2012.
Interview with Stephen Shore in March 2018 issue: https://brooklynrail.org/2018/03/art/STEPHEN-SHORE-with-Tom-McGlynn
Web page and critical reviews
arcadia now, contemporary art in country
Curated group show addressed to the contemporary pastoral.
East of Fresno
Colllaborative art and curatorial project in California
Writing a review in M Magazine, Summer 2011
M Magazine , Arts Review, Summer 2011
"Right Place for the Wrong People" at Bullet Space
(scroll down to read article)
Beautiful Fields : Independent curatorial
Curatorial projects in site specific locations. May 2013, "Memphis Social" in Memphis Tennessee was awarded a franchise grant from apexart, nyc.