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Clayton Pond

Martha Jackson Gallery

With fluorescently bright reds, purples, greens, oranges, or blues, Clayton Pond characterizes his “Think Happy” mood in 15 canvases at Martha Jackson, depicting the corners and fittings in his studio-loft home. Happy, yes; the thinking—well, colorful anyway. Pond’s pictures of such intrinsically fascinating subjects as his Con Edison Meter, his Kitchen Sink (complete with dishes and garbage), his Toilet, his Grandmother’s Fan and other such paraphernalia display a Matissean delight in decorative patterning, as all the furnishings of his immediate environment are transformed into a homey little kaleidoscope. Even space-heaters and plumbing pipes emerge in brilliant turquoise and heliotrope, attractively ornamenting the scenes with their abstract joints, bolts, and bends. Sharp edging sets off the forms from each other although the intensity of the color is an even pitch throughout.

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