Goings On About Town: Art

by Vince Alleti

Sam Falls

The New Yorker


Falls’s big, cartoonish pictures marry photography and painting, partly through digital means. The basis for each work is a color photograph of an ordinary object a coffee mug, a spare tire, a spray of bougainvillea. Over, under, and around these images, Falls creates a painterly hullabaloo of splashy Photoshop brushwork and bright, abstract patches of acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. The results are appealingly slapdash and exuberant, with nods to both Hans Hofmann and David Hockney. Falls straddles mediums with witty aplomb by not taking any of them too seriously. Through March 19.