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Tom Holland

David Stuart Gallery

Tom Holland’s eight new paintings (plus one in the office) called the “Malibu Series” are made from sheets of translucent plastic, liberally and loosely painted with predominantly white, black, or an overall mix like a chalky rainbow. The sizes float in the seven-foot-square neighborhood. The pictures present themselves as extended paintings, a two-dimensional, rectangle-based art (Holland is a painter) rather than a flattened, polychromatic sculpture. The complexity of surface is usually two or three units (units = a felt plane, not each separate physical piece), though the basket-weave paintings seem, on the whole, simpler (one surface) and the moebius-band-addition pictures start jumping off the wall. These paintings are better than Holland’s earlier work but, if there is an intended connection in “funk” between the airplanes and telescopes and waterfalls of yesterday, and the loosely

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