But an explorer’s zeal for discovery is only half the explanation of why Coupey hasn’t limited himself in how he paints. The other is his distrust of ease and technical facility. Valuing intuition as an indispensable aspect of how he paints, once Coupey feels too comfortable with a way of painting, once intuition threatens to become habit, he moves away in another direction. He wants to be off balance, convinced that you have to work in a way that invites the unexpected to discover the unexpected, that only in a state of not knowing can something new, even profound, be found.
–– Dion Kliner, "Across | Between | Within: Pierre Coupey's New Paintings"
A full colour catalogue with an essay by Dion Kliner
accompanies the exhibition at OWC
Across | Between | Within
A review by Dion Kliner appears in the New York
based web magazine Two Coats of Paint