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Juergen Srunck, Barry Buxkamper

A Clean Well Lighted Place

Juergen Srunck’s color prints on transparent vinyl, sealed in laminated sheets and suspended by clear monofilament cord from the ceiling, approached by way of a very literal format the simulation of something Olitski was quoted several years ago as saying about paintings that would consist of nothing but some colors sprayed into the air and remaining there. Strunck’s prints, admittedly without the ethereal associations or diffuse properties suggested by that thought, reveal an alternative approach to the isolation of color in space with, at least, an illusory absence of supports or boundaries.

Strunck’s method of applying color to vinyl, and also to paper, involves a complex and extremely demanding ope ration of hand-guided rollers, by which the intensity, blending, and angles of bands of colored inks are directed with virtually absolute precision. By grading each channel into its neighboring

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