Two Purple Tigers: Josh Sperling's Sculptural Paintings On View in Seoul
Josh Sperling does things with a canvas that we didn’t think were possible. The works bend and blend, becoming both object and painting at the same time. This sort of aesthetic, combined with Sperling’s ability to create three-dimensionality in the canvases themselves, creates layer-upon-layer of viewing pleasure.
In the past, Sperling has credited Googie signage and the Memphis Design Movement as an inspiration, and in way, his newest works in Two Purple Tigers redefine what those influences can mean in the context of gallery work. On view at Perrotin in Seoul, South Korea from November 22 through December 30, 2018, Sperling’s new works are his most dense and intricate to date, experimenting with color matches and shapes that are often complex, and sometimes just simple movements. As seen with Perrotin at London’s fall Frieze Art Fair, Sperling has figured out how to compartmentalize big ideas while simultaneously expanding on his experimental aesthetic. Whether these are paintings or sculpture seems less important than what they present, which is the vision of an immensely talented artist. Art rarely looks this good. —Evan Pricco