Details:

This painting quotes the foot of a kouros, a genre of sculpture from antiquity that depicts standing young males, and turns it into a repeated compositional framework. This diptych seems to ask viewers if it depicts a jitterbug or represents a bathroom tile as it straddles the edge between figuration and abstraction.
Unframed
Signed
This work is available through 12/01/2021

① Artwork:

Kouros Feet (Pink and Green)

This painting quotes the foot of a kouros, a genre of sculpture from antiquity that depicts standing young males, and turns it into a repeated compositional framework. This work is part of a series that explores how abstraction overlaps with the human figure. In each painting, the foot is serialized, suggesting both a patterned decorative motif and an uncanny double. This diptych dares viewers to decide if it depicts a jitterbug or represents a bathroom tile as it straddles the edge between figuration and abstraction.

Specs:

22 inches
14 inches
0.75 inches
14 inches

③ Artist:

James English Leary

James English Leary’s paintings are picture-objects that playfully subvert both comprehension and structure while satirizing commonly accepted “readings” of painting. The artist frequently constructs his compositions out of shaped substrates; he assembles each work from component parts, starting with the stretcher and fabric, and ending with the color and figures. Leary employs serialization and decorative motifs in his paintings to destabilize identity and blur the line between figuration and abstraction.

James English Leary:
Kouros Feet (Pink and Green), 2021
Acrylic on canvas
14.0 × 22.0 inches /