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Marjorie Strider

Pace Gallery

The works of Marjorie Strider at the Pace Gallery give evidence of a “fresh and unspoiled” simplemindedness. She has a simple, factual imagination which, in the present exhibition, serves to bludgeon an all too familiar idea to death. The gambit: soft, burpy forms (clouds, for example) which give off one kind of information are superimposed with another order of information, say hard conflicting facts like window ledges. Conversely the soft is superimposed on the hard: rocks in the sea beaten by waves. Sometimes the superimpositions are of the same type—a pictorial projection of a bean pod on top of a 3-D bean pod. The superimpositions are effected by painting over real form or are diagrammed out, the drawing played off against its dimensional projection.

Strider’s starchy forms are carved out of styrofoam and covered with epoxy. These in turn are painted in fashionably hard and bright

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