Benny Fountain returns to Froelick Gallery with his second show of paintings, titled Common. Taking to heart Bauhaus textile artist Anni Albers' injunction to listen to “the dictation of the materials”, Fountain here explores not only his chosen medium of oil paint but also his canvas and panel surfaces. Shifting between incredibly thick, buttery impastos and thin veils of oil wash, smooth expanses nearly free of perceptible brushstrokes and almost bare surfaces marked only with compositional frameworks, Fountain coaxes diverse aesthetic experiences out of painting's basic elements. His representational works depict austere, monochromatic still lifes- small bottles, a piece of fruit, a draped length of fabric- that nod to 20th century European painters like Giorgio Morandi and Ewan Uglow. While the contrasts between these works are apparent, Fountain asks us to consider their similarities: Luminosity can be achieved with both the opaque and the permeable, equally served as a silky ice-green panel, a tarlike black canvas or a thin umber glaze; a group of objects and an almost-unpainted surface can both act as studies in unadorned composition and restraint.