Text by Andersen Gulch.
Brooklyn-based artist Richard Aldrich (born 1975) is best known for his seductive yet challenging paintings that often push the boundaries of the picture plane. His multimedia works are typically created in oil and wax, also incorporating elements such as pencil, collage, charcoal and metal. This new catalogue, published by Bortolami Gallery, is part traditional monograph and part artist’s book. It features a selection of 88 abstract, multimedia works made between 2003 and 2013, and as such is the most comprehensive survey of Aldrich’s work to date. The plates have been laid out to wrap around from one page to the next, across the book’s French folds, so that, literally and figuratively, each painting is viewed with a part of the next painting in mind. This unusual design feature creates elegant and sometimes jarring juxtapositions that are entirely unique to the book itself.