For his first New York solo show, Evan Nesbit, a young artist based in northern California, has taken over both of Eleven Rivington’s Lower East Side spaces with his abstract paintings that are more acrylic through burlap than acrylic on burlap. The effect of little nubs of colored pigment forced through the holes in stretched burlap create a temptingly tactile surface that is difficult to keep your palms away from. The burlap itself is dyed and stitched together—sometimes into more or less monochromatic fields (white, neon green), other times into swirly tie-dye style patterns—creating a handmade, psychedelic effect.
Pictured: Evan Nesbit: La Brea XII, 2015, acrylic, dye and burlap, 79 by 68 inches. Courtesy Eleven Rivington, New York.