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Peter Gourfain

Bykert Gallery

Peter Gourfain’s exhibition would appear to have been an astonishing volte-face were it not that the drift of his present work is repeated among a wide front of artists of lesser and greater reputation—a shift in sensibility which knows no particular generational commitment either. Rejecting the elaborate fixation of his earlier arcaded registers, Gourfain opts for as intense an image as would be open to an art still based on classicizing premises and a sudden need for tactile immediacy. Instead of paint, Gourfain has taken up monochromatic pastel applied directly upon the surface of the wall. Using a regular image of approximately parallel edges (sometimes contrasted as to direction—perpendicular, diagonal), Gourfain works away from a heavily applied edge through a constantly degraduated modulation until no pressure is applied at all to the somewhat sticky pigment. Then he begins again.

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