Gerry Hayes in NY Observer

Gerry Hayes
by Mario Naves

The New York Observer
2008-04-02

Painter Gerry Hayes, whose punchy abstractions are at Platform gallery, brings calculation and eccentricity to droll fruition.

Stenciled ribbons of primary color and clarifying runs of white are interlaced with deftly integrated wood grounds. Think Willem de Kooning’s late paintings given muscle by Jean Arp’s biomorphism, whipped into shape by Suprematist rigor, and made to dance with rubbery concision.

Laocoon and Leda (both 2007) evince a painter whose engagement with tradition doesn’t prevent him from cracking wise.

Gerry Hayes (with Scott Malbaurn) at Platform, 529 West 20th Street, until April 5.

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