The mediasphere is a major theme in contemporary art, so Carl Auge's interest in representing invisible, ubiquitous "heat, sound, light or shock waves" is less surprising than the somber emotion that pervades these oil paintings. Here, buildings are loosely rendered, either in elevation or in oblique view, and set against backgrounds tinted in Expressionist hues: sullen greens, steely blue-grays, and acrid yellow-ochres. The black brushwork atop colored backgrounds recalls Salle, the restless movement recalls Munch's surging universe, and the rippling surface seems distorted by heat. Auge's monumental architecture keeps the energy contained, however. The flight of stone steps in "Building a Pyramid" leads skyward but remains earthbound, a spalling petrified skyscraper. The bank facade depicted in "Brown Sky" seems less a cheery brand-name product placement than hubrism on a mausoleum. Radiate and fade away. Resound runs through August 22 at Rowan Morrison Gallery (330 40th St., Oakland). RowanMorrison.com
— DeWitt Cheng
Resound: New Work by Carl Auge
Carl Auge works and lives in New York City. He holds an MFA (2005) and BFA (2003) in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA. Solo exhibitions include Chashama 461 Gallery, New York NY, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland CA, and Santa Clara University Gallery, Santa Clara CA. Group exhibits include Close Calls:2008 Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA and Cream From the Top, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia CA.
He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Walter and Elise Haas Fund Creative Work Fund Grant, and a Chashama Studio Award.