I am a big fan of couleurful Abract Art and Minimalism and the young American artist based in Berlin Shannon Finley catched my attention yesterday inside German leading art magazine Monopol. In Autumn 2012 he had an exhibition in Munich with my favorite artist Rupprecht Geiger and I also like his abstract non figurative paintings. I would compare his style as influenced by Mark Rothko Color Fields, Gerhard Richters Abstrakt Paintings , Joseph Albers paintings.
Through an intensive process, Finley applies numerous, translucent layers of acrylic paint and industrial polymers onto canvas with specially designed palette knives. The results offer prism-like surfaces whose subtle nuances chronicle the build up of the material itself. This process draws from the history of geometric abstraction in painting as much as the reductive language of early computer graphics. But Finely eschews any simple opposition between the hand and the pixel, exploring instead the optics of the picture plane while constantly emphasizing the limits of the edge, which provide an unexpected archive of his painterly layers. Ultimately, these compositions remain suspended between the immaterial and the concrete, and are best apprehended as passageways into indeterminate spaces. In this, Finley invokes traces of sacred geometries and religious architecture within a technocratic context, but only as an alternate mode for engaging the unseen.(via Bischofweiss)