Brooklyn-born, New Jersey-based Larry Greenberg’s psychologically charged figurative works evoke feelings of loneliness, despair, and apathy. The artist paints elongated and dismembered bodies that appear in various states of emotional torture, inhabiting infinite voids and nondescript, cavernous environs. Often stripped to skins or shells, Greenberg’s figures are the only survivors in a surreal purgatory of their making. The fragile figures, frequently slumped, screaming, or shielding their faces, have been stripped of all humanity and are threatening to disappear completely.
In Opus 428, Greenberg veers from his strictly figurative practice into almost complete abstraction, the elemental form of a human body rendered in subtle, tonal hues of dark amber and ochre, cerulean and cobalt blue. This limited, somber palette is evocative of the inner turmoil, psychological distress, and emotional despair Greenberg typically invokes in his tense paintings. The background, rendered only minimally through fractured planes of color, further indicates a close attention to light and mood and reveals isolation that is simultaneously shapeless and enveloping.