Jennifer Pochinski: Big Islands

November -0001

SF Arts
by Mark Taylor

Jennifer Pochinski | The Worshippers, 2020 | Oil on canvas | 60 x 72 inches
Jennifer Pochinski | The Worshippers, 2020 | Oil on canvas | 60 x 72 inches

On the heels of SF MOMA's revelatory David Park retrospective and Berggruen's Diebenkorn show, comes this robust collection of recent oil paintings that combine bold color with forceful gesture, forming figures out of abstraction. Inspired by her Hawaiian childhood, many of Pochinski's paintings feature brightly lit figures wading into water or baking on the sand. But these are really all about paint, thick splotches of deep red, day-glo green, and blinding blue. Characters emerge and vibrate, becoming subjects for a moment inside energetic fields of color.