Not Enough There There

It can be said of much art that there is just not enough right with it.  Perhaps it is finished but almost always stunted in conception and execution.  A painting has the potential to be explosively powerful in its expressive range and in its sublimity entirely independent of the subject matter.  See “Rain, Steam and Speed” by Turner or “Girl with a Shuttlecock” by Chardin.  The subject matter in these two paintings is incidental to the highly resolved power emanating from the color harmony and composition both tuned to a fever pitch.  Whereas Leon Golub or Robert Longo can paint men being tortured or falling through the sky, this work still elicits a muted esthetic/emotional response.  These paintings lack resolution.  There is not quite enough there there.